Being in college and on a budget, the D40 is a great choice. With the kit lens (18-55mm)you can shoot normal range shots in medium light situations. For some zoom capability the 55-300mm will give you the most zoom, but being on a budget as you are the 55-200mm VR will give you the most bang for the buck. For a prime lens, you can't go wrong with the 35mm 1.8 which is well suited for portraits or low light situations. With these 3 lenses you'll be able to shoot almost anything and get excellent results. Good luck and enjoy your Nikon D40.