My name is Patrick, I'm 25 and for the first time I'm going to be going to school for my EE degree. I was curious if any current students could suggest books, links or anything that you can think of that will make my time in school either be easier or more successful or feel free to just post things you wish you would have known before starting school. My next question is for both engineer's currently in the field and students. I still have not got a thorough understand of this degree and its potential for careers so if anyone is willing to explain it more it would be appreciated. Finally I'll try to give some background on this last question and why I chose this field in the hope that doing so will get me some solid answers.I came across this degree because I like both the hardware and software sides of the computer industry and I would like to maybe get into embedded software or something else, this is where I'd like to know more about field, so I am curious what you can suggest for a laptop? I don't have room for a desktop. Having done some software work I know how intense compiling and other tasks can be on a computer. What I don't know is how important that is to this field. I just want to be as prepared as possible and don't want to continue to purchase laptops nor do I want to over spend if its not necessary. Any and all answers are appreciated.