Okay so.. I think i'm ready to make the switch to Mac but the journey hasn't been easy... I've wanted a Mac for quite some time but never been able to afford it. I've recently turned 21 and am heading into my senior year of college as a communication major focusing on broadcasting and production. I am program director of my school's radio station, I produce 2 TV shows, I have 3 radio shows I do, and I'm going to have intense projects. I'm going to buy the 13 inch MBP ... Basic from the Apple Store, and order the additional software I need (FCE, Office) on Amazon as they are cheaper on there and I'll install myself. Here's where the problem comes in... As we know they're bit expensive.... After I get everything I need, including Mighty Mouse... It'll come out to about $1700... I do have money put away for me in a trust fund type thing, which my grandfather set up for me to use for my schooling and living. The only problem is, my Dad protects it like crazy, even though I live with my Mom (parents are divorced) and she's the custodial on the account. What I need some help with is, what can I tell my Dad to say this is a stable investment, and I'm being responsible by prepping for my future and how I'm making the right choice by doing this without his permission. I know this really isn't your area of expertise, but any help is appreciated. Thanks all.