About helmets, use the type that makes you comfortable. I know plenty of Harley riders that use the full face. You probably want bright colors, but there are reflective tapes you can put on.
Face shields, I recommend clear. You can use shades in the day, but what about night?
Glasses, make sure they are impact resistant. Regular sun glasses can shatter if you catch a rock.
The ones I wear I get at motorcycle swap meets or shows. For $30 I get a pair of impact resistant goggles that are cool enough to wear anywhere, 3 sets of lenses and the foam that keeps air from going up the cheeks and in your eyes, Oh and a cool little pouch that hangs from your belt to carry all that in.
Jacket, Leather, armored is preferable. There are long sleeve shirts and regular looking pants I've seen with kevlar inserts that I plan on getting for warmer weather.
Boots, Anything designed for bikes and obviously that cover your ankles.
I don't know if you've heard this yet, I'm sure you will during the course, but this is the most important advice any one can give you.
The best piece of safety equipment you could ever have is between your ears. Respect it.
Good luck and welcome to the community.