Thank you! Good luck at school - just remember to shoot every day and NEVER accept criticism from anyone (including the instructors)… Critic are only right in special contexts and educators do a terrific job disabling creativity.
For inspiration: I just look at life, current events, or the person in front of me.
As for my camera: I have a series I am playing with right now: Olympus, Polaroid, the camera on my HTC Evo, and more. But I mostly use the 40d.