All things tend to feel slower as the apps and OS progress. I never suggest future proofing but will suggest you not skimp on RAM today and go with SSD. Today I see Asus ROG laptops with 16GB RAM, 1050 GPU in the near 1000USD prices. I got one of those and popped out the 128GB SSD for a 512GB for just a little over 120USD.

But you are not a gamer but a student that carries the laptop around. No laptop I know of in that price range holds up to the travels and hits such a laptop takes. This is why I think you should not go for a high end PC but one that has 8GB RAM SSD and not a high price.

The Dell i5567-5274GRY is just such a machine. It runs 500USD here.