I'll be a freshman (civil/environmental engineering major) this fall and i've started doing some window shopping for a laptop. When I was on a tour, one of the engineering professors sugested getting a Mac although he said that windows computers work fine too. If I buy a Mac, it'll be my first time using one. Do any current students/parents of students have any advice as to whether it'll be worth it or not to learn how to use a Mac?
Also, should I buy the laptop thru UMD with their protection/warranty or buy it straight from Apple/somewhere else?