Spock helped me make it through High School. This is one reason why I love Star Trek so much and why it was so sad to see Nimoy pass. It's not just that Trek was a good show and that I love sci-fi. I identified with Spock. (I never really identified with Kirk when I was a teen, only later as an adult)
High School is hard for everyone, I think, being a teenager learning to cope with all kinds of emotions and impulses, growing from a child into an adult. Needless to say, I had my difficulties, my ups and downs and it wasn't easy for me. There were times I got hurt and it was painful.
But at some point in my High School years I just decided to be a Vulcan - to be stoic. I decided I wasn't going to be ruled by my emotions. In fact, I decided I would act as if I didn't have them at all anymore. Spock showed me how to control myself. Spock had emotions, but he buried them deep. Sure, not the healthiest way to live, but it was what I needed at the time.
Strangely enough, this actually worked. I was calmer, more confident and happier. It didn't last too long (I met my future wife in my senior year, though it took her a while to help me open up and discover a vulnerable, loving side). But it was a strategy at the right place and time for me that got me through a difficult period.
Thank you Star Trek, thank you Spock, and thank you Leonard Nimoy, for helping show me how to take control of my life and believe in self improvement.
Oh, and for all the cheesy space opera and green women too.