There are many options out there. I personally haven't been impressed with the sound of those carved Knillings.
I've just set up several 1/2 size laminates and would recommend them for you. Often a laminated bass will sound better than a cheaper carved bass, but for school use I like them for durability. PM me for more details.
You forget sometimes that you are playing music, not just playing jazz. ....Charlie Haden