Amanda is in college and wants a Chromebook because it is small and portable. It should be great for homework and writing on the lap. The Microsoft Surface SE might be a good competitor, but Chromebooks are generally a nice choice for Google users. Go to Kevin Tofel's aboutchromebooks.com or check out the Asus Chromebook CX9.
The internet has always been an incredible resource for information, but if you're motivated enough, you can take that a step further and get a free or inexpensive college education. MOOCs, or "Massive Open Online Courses," are real classes that have been made available online from schools and universities. Many of these courses are free, but if you decide to pay, you can actually get a certificate of completion or a MicroMasters from it. Here are some of the places you can find these MOOCs: