@TheCM Hey, I’ve been facing this issue myself, and after fighting an uphill battle for almost 4 years, I can tell you that it’s not worth the fight. Especially if you don’t have the time due to other commitments.
I’d recommend a Chromebook. As much as I hate what Google stands for, for a student, they are perfect. Small and light, very long battery life, easy and fast online backup.
I don’t like the proprietary nature of ChromeOS; Windows and MacOS, it might not be a hill worth dying on, as you’re going against the grain, and the Education Industry will bulldoze you.
I wish you luck! 😁👍