By Brian Rinker

September 15, 2017

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Emilia Szmyrgala turned into a zombie during midterms and finals - a

sleepless, non-showering, isolated study monster focused entirely on acing

her exams.

The 21-year-old senior at UCLA remembers it being worse in her freshman and

sophomore years. When she got into this mode, she might not eat anything all

day, except for some Twizzlers. Fears of failure crept in, and life became

overwhelming.