Congrats, College Knitter, on learning to knit! This is one college-learned skill that will carry you through the rest of your life.
It's a great coping skill, releases stress big-time. And it's one you can do whether you're on a ver-ry tight budget or have megabucks to visit every yarn store in the area twice a day.
And self-taught! Lady, I'm proud of you!
PS - here's a hint to tell right side from wrong side: take a snippet of contrasting-colored yarn and tie it around a couple of stitches so that the two tails both hang on the right side [or wrong side] of your work. It's a quick visual way to tell the difference.