I would agree with the post above, that knives at schools can walk away if you aren't keeping an eye on them 100% of the time especially something flashy.
I made it through school with MAC and Victorinox, and a ceramic honing rod. My knives were 10x sharper than what just about anyone else was carrying, (most people had Mercer kits that our bookstore sold). I'm in my last quarter getting ready to start a job and am now doing some research to get myself a nice knife or two (or maybe 20...) and some sharpening equipment.
The one thing I'm glad I spent the money on for school was a Thermapen. I still get asked to let someone borrow it at least once a day.