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

As we all get ready for the start of the new school year in the next few weeks, a lot of parents (and students) are getting ready to buy their back-to-school supplies and tech, and a new laptop is increasingly part of that decision, especially for those about to start a new level of schooling, whether that’s secondary/high school or university.

I’m heading into the final semester of a graduate program myself, and in the many years I’ve been in school over the past decade picking up both undergrad and graduate degrees, I’ve also bought a lot of tech along the way, from graphing calculators for calculus classes (actually the same calculus class that I kept failing miserably) to laptops for general and computer science coursework.