Hey guys this is my first post on this site and I'm looking for some insight regarding what type of laptop to buy for college. I'm going to be attending UWashington next year as an incoming freshman. I am pre-engineering with hopes of getting accepted to the aero department there. Too be honest, I would prefer to buy a mac (probably the base rMBP); however, if the machine cannot run the programs (or the programs aren't made for mac OS) necessary to complete my engineering classes, I won't be able too. I understand this is a mac board, and that most of you are openly biased towards apples products, but I came here specifically because I know there will be more insight than a PC board. You guys buy macs because you love them, and I would really appriciate it if you would ease my concerns and sell me on a mac! Also, I have to convince my mom that a Mac won't cause any problems that a PC wouldn't. Thanks!