Hey Becca ! Goodluck on the course , im also a newbie I just bought my 2012 ninja 650 last week.
I also have never riden a motorcycle. Ive riden a ATV before but its nothing alike.
I have about 300 miles riden so far, havent droped it yet (knock on wood) . I feel that i got the hang of it quickly , it felt natural to me.
I rode on the freeway for the first time yesterday , scared the hell out of me lol