Hello guys, new poster here looking for suggestions for my first macbook purchase. I will be upgrading from a 2007 Dell that I bought when I went to undergrad. I will be using this computer while finishing up my masters degree so I'll be using microsoft office, blackboard, web surfing, etc. I will also use this computer to watch film and edit film on HUDL. I think I'm set on 8GB Ram but I have some questions on the models. Should I go with refurbished or buy new with my education discount? The discount price is only a hundred dollars or so more than refurb. Is the Apple USB superdrive an essential? Does the macbook not come with a CD/DVD equipped? What are some of the essential accessories? Thanks for all of the help! I have been looking at this model, Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display Originally released October 2013 13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB Flash Storage1 What's the difference going to be in 256 GB flash storage and the 512 GB flash storage? Is it worth upgrading? The 2.4 GHz vs the 2.6 GHz?