You just need to be brave enough to live it.
Or as they say in Spanish: "Dios aprieta pero no ahorca", which more or less means "God might tighten the situation, but not choke you". I'm not usually a person that quotes the Bible, but "Help yourself then I will help you" (or whatever the official English translation is) is one of my favourite quotes.
It has been a very challenging 9 months or so, and there is still 3 months for my final project, but it already feels really different. I've learned heaps, met some very good friends and got into touch with parts of myself that I had neglected.
The excellent local beer is a plus, of course.