Nice choice of a scoot!
Definitely take that motorcycle safety course--don't let anyone talk you out of it! Even if you find that you are getting around the block and down the road okay, take the course.
Budget for some good safety gear and wear it. There are good deals on jackets, helmets, gloves, and so on, to be found in the Flea Market section.
The BR owners here can chime in on the specifics on what to look for.
Welcome to the asylum.