Hi I am currently pursuing my Associate's Degree in Sciences and i have one more academic year to complete before i head off to University for a 3 year Computer engineering Bachelor's Degree and also a course in Graphic designing. Now here's the thing...I do not have a mac and I was thinking of buying one from Canada in 3 weeks when I go or waiting till next year about this same time to buy one.The reason I want to buy next year is because I will not really be using at as much seeing as i have a very capable computer for normal day to day computing including games.However my friends who have mac's tell me that it makes sense to buy now so that i can "get used to a Mac".Seeing as I have never actually used one by myself i was wondering if it is that much of a change from a PC and is the hardware/software in the MBP including the OS going to be so much better that I will be actually getting a way better deal?And also need the MBP to last me throughout and until i complete my Bachelor's Degree.Will it last more than 3 years typically,obviously its not specific and not all last the same amount of time but i mean typically. The MBP specs that i am looking at is the base US$2499 15" model with the 2.66GHz processor.One of the main reasons that i ambuying one is because of its battery life and also it was recommended to me by an actual teacher at the University that is scouting me,for the graphics design. Any suggestions or thoughts would be highly appreciated!! Cheers!