Welcome, Blaster, from a native Vermonter and UVM alum too. What's your major?
What we do is very addictive. About eight years ago, I got started by a couple of friends. After a handful of hunts I was hooked. But, due to limited space in their boat and their pursuits taking them to NY, Quebec and beyond, I got myself set up. By the way, they owe me several thousand dollars, HA! So, I was left to learn the rest on my own. This can be good and bad. The learning curve is definitely slower when you are alone or with less experienced hunters. To this day, I learn every time I go out. I was fortunate to share a damn good blind spot with them that had been used by their family for 30+ years.
This season is wrapping up of course. Don't wait until September to start thinking about duck hunting. Get a duck identification guide and study it. "Ducks at a distance" and the "other one" that is in my truck right now can be studied. When you take a duck, you can then identify it to be privy to your bag limits. Eventually you will be able to, and need to, ID them in the air. Learn the rules. Study the regular laws plus the waterfowl syllabus. Buy an inexpensive, but not the cheapest, single-reed duck call and calling DVD or CD. Practice your calling. Feel free to practice next to your hungover buddy. If you end up hunting on your own, and I encourage you to do so, as long as you know the laws and respect other nearby hunters, get out there and hunt. Make mistakes, enjoy your successes. Then there's the whole safety thing when hunting alone or with others. We'll save that for later.
Find and visit hunting spots that you learn about. You can start with State WMA's. The Forests, Parks and Recreation website has good info and maps for the WMA's. You'll find that the best ones are popular and crowded at times. Little Otter Creek in Ferrisburg is a good example. But, once the openers have passed, you will get more elbow room.
We can provide some help knowing what hunting goodies you have to work with. I know your request was to get under somebody's wing. But, do you have a boat, canoe or waders? Do you have room to store stuff at "home" or are you restricted to your UVM storage.
How's your shooting skills? Are they at a beginner level too? Get your butt to a range and shoot some clays. I know there are others, but Williston's and St. Albans' sportsman's clubs are good spots to do some shooting.
I don't know how you'd find them, but I'd be willing to bet there are other waterfowl hunters at UVM. Look for wetland-style camo on campus. And, something waaay in the back of my mind tells me there are posts from a couple of years ago from UVM students here on this formum.
There is so much more to this, but I hope others reply and help you get started. Feel free to PM me too.