Dude... Get a fountain pen and be patient with the learning curve. Obviously youtube will be your best friend while you learn. I've been using fountain pens for years. I hated ballpoint pens and so began trying to figure this thing out in college. TONS of notes were taken. Then off to the workforce I went, FP in hand. Here's what I'd suggest. Get some good paper that's FP friendly... Rhodia makes a killer paper and so does Apica. I use both. Rhodia has some cool dot grid, but Apica has tons of notebooks. You could get 1 for every class for notes & get organized!
Pens: That's a tough one. Lamy Safari is an amazing pen, but some think it can be tricky for a beginner. Ink flow can be an issue with some inks.
TWSBI Diamond 580 is awesome. Always a great flow and massive ink storage, but are not in black.
My recommendation for you - Price, ease of use & color: Pilot Metropolitan. Get a "Fine" nib size, especially if using it for taking notes.
Get a converter and a bottle of ink in any of your favorite colors. While I dig getting into crazy colors (hundreds of ink choices), black, blue, or a blue/black have always been the easiest on the eyes when going back through notes to read, re-read. Diamine & Noodler's are both fantastic ink companies.
JetPens dot com will be your best friend. >Guide Section>Metropolitan write up & other good info
Remember, FPs are unique. If you like tinkering, deconstructing, learning cool stuff, get into this. Your friends may laugh, but when you handwrite letters to people & get awesome responses back you've secretly won the war.
Good luck on your mission.