Well, you came to the right place, and welcome. Sorry to hear about your commitment to Rutgers...
(WVU here). I also joined up about 6 months before buying my car and couldn't be happier.
They reason your friend says boxer engines are a pain to work on is because of the flat 4 design. The cylinders are lair down horizontally. Your spark plugs and whatnot are not as easily accessible as an inline engine, and your cylinders are split up, so when you do work on one side, you have to do work on the other.
However, the boxer engine comes with advantages. It has a much lower center of gravity, it also allows for a lower hood design. There is much more in both categories, but those are just an example. Personally, I believe the benefits outweigh the cons.