I started playing Mass Effect while I was in high school and I quickly grew attached to Shepard and the crew of the Normandy. I was obsessed with Mass Effect. After I graduated, I finished one final playthrough and made it my mission to finish before I had to start college because I didn't own my own copies of the trilogy yet. I finished ME3 the morning I had to leave, and the part where you say goodbye to everyone hit me so hard emotionally because it felt like they were saying goodbye to me.
Wow the morning you had to leave that must have been tough. Especially when it spoke to you on such a personal level at the time. I hope you got to play it again since then!