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Looking to buy a new laptop for school? Don’t make the same mistakes I made.

As we all prepare for the start of the new school year in the coming weeks, many parents (and students) are getting ready to buy their back-to-school supplies and technology, and a new laptop is increasingly part of that decision, especially for those who are about to embark on a new level of education, whether that be secondary/high school or college.

I’m going into the final semester of a graduate program myself, and in the many years that I’ve been in school over the past ten years and earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I’ve also bought a lot of technology along the way, from graphing calculators to calculus classes (actually same calculus class I failed miserably in) to laptops for general and computer science courses.