Current/former students, could you please share your experiences with computers? My general question that would apply to any student is: Do you carry your computer around campus often? D is going into engineering and they have a "recommended" computer that's offered through the bookstore. Is there any reason to go with the "recommended" one vs bringing your own that meets the specifications? Recommended has a 14" screen--might be nice to have a smaller one if you're carrying it around but a larger screen if you're less concerned about size/weight. VU also recommends on-site repair warranty (a 3 yr plan but that doesn't take you through all 4 years of school). Is that upgraded warranty worthwhile?
Finally, I wonder about the need for a printer in the dorm room. Are there "public" places to print in the dorms or around campus? Is there a cost?
Any other tips? THANKS!