Since you are off-campus, get someone (not to be sexist, but a cute girl, perhaps? Chicks dig guys that can/want to cook) to start showing you some of the basics of cooking. Get a few basics down and then start practicing. There are some things that are easier if someone shows you, rather than trying to read it out of a cookbook.
When you've found your instructor, bring recipes that you want to try, and ask him/her to help you cook them.
Once you start getting some of the basics down, don't be afraid to experiment a bit. The techniques are mostly the same for whatever food you are cooking, but the details are a little bit different. Cooking a pork loin takes longer than a medium-rare steak. Bone-in chicken takes longer than boneless. Greens take less time than crucifers, or pretty much anything else, really.
My wife has been an instructor for myself and a handful of her friends, male and female.