I will be starting college this fall and am in the market for a new laptop. As of now I plan on studying chemical engineering. I've pretty much narrowed down my choice to the 2014 rMBP with 2.6GHz/256GB/16GB. This will be my first MacBook though, so any input you have on those specs is appreciated. (I am staying away from the refurbs because I plan on purchasing AppleCare and using the extended year warranty from Amex, which doesn't apply to refurbs.) I'd like this machine to last me through college and ideally beyond. I've had rotten luck with PC laptops over the years. I have two Apple Stores very close to me so the convenience of repairs is also what is making me lean towards a Mac over PC. My college has a lot of computer labs, so I assume I can access any of the advanced software I might need in future years there. But that brings me to my questions: From browsing these forums and other sites, it seems like a lot of people prefer the Windows Microsoft Office programs over the Mac versions. Now, I have ZERO experience with Bootcamp/virtualization, so I would really appreciate it if you could lay down the basics for me, or direct me to some information. People talk about using Fusion/Parallels just for using Microsoft Office on a daily basis. Is this practical? Is one recommended over the other? Would I need to purchase a Windows license, and if so, is there a particular one recommended? I figured 16GB of RAM would be a good idea if I plan on doing this. People also talk all about Bootcamp for running some of the less Mac-friendly engineering software. I hear it takes up a fair amount of the hard drive. Since I'd like my laptop to last for 4+ years, is a 256gb SSD enough? I am quite the minimalist in terms of using storage, so I don't use a whole lot (on my desktop I believe I've used 70GB/2TB...) Also, will the i5 processor be sufficient for years to come? The i7 costs so much more and doesn't it run a bit hotter? Since I'm so new to all of this I have SO many questions, sorry. I really appreciate any and all input, even if I didn't ask a certain question but you think it would help me out. (Especially from engineers!) Edit: I forgot to mention I am looking at the 13" version due to portability.