No problem Victoria, ask away. I think you'll find folks here are very friendly and helpful-- we all went through the learning pains, and a lot of the lingo, different gear, and especially all the choices for different stuff can be really confusing, so don't hesitate to ask questions.
The great news is that you're absolutely going about all this in the right way. The Wulff school will give you a great intro and basic skills set to get started. The other good news is that there is a wide range of great rods and reels at different price points, from 100-150 no-frills "starter" outfits (rod reel and fly line), to 250-300 for a decent complete set up (rod, reel, fly line often mixing and matching brands) to the fancy-smanchy stuff with rods and reels at 700 a pop (each). The main point though is that you don't have to spend a ton of money-- despite the image often associated with fly fishing-- to get out there and get into the sport. One of the common pieces of advice people get is to "try before you buy"--- test casting a bunch of different rods to see which one performs best in your hands. Great advice--- but for someone new to the sport it doesn't really help much if you don't have any experience casting to begin with. So my advice would be to wait until you've gone to the school (I'm assuming they have gear available for use during the school) and have learned the basics, then shop around for a rod-- At that point test casting different rods will be more meaningful and you'll notice that some rods will fit your casting style better than others.
And it sounds like you'll have plenty of stuff to chase and keep you busy in northern LA. You mentioned in your other post that you'll mostly be chasing largemouth bass and perhaps fish in the Gulf down the road. So you might want to consider a four piece, 9 foot rod rated for 7 or 8 weight line with "salt water proof " corrosion resistant guides and reel seat (most 7 and 8 weights are, but some have fancy wood inserts in the handles that might swell in salt water so it's always good to make sure) and a salt water proof reel (anodized, with a disc disc drag, and capable of holding 150-200 yards of 20lb backing plus fly line) matched to a good quality floating weight forward taper fly line (from Rio or Scientific Anglers, or Wullf Triangle Taper).
That way you'll have an outfit that can throw the large wind resistant flies for freshwater bass like poppers and deer hair bass bugs, and have enough ooomph for casting spoon flies, Clouser minnows, streamers and other stuff in wind for red fish and specs in the Gulf with the same outfit. The reel may be a little overkill for freshwater bass (you won't need that much backing for them, and a simple, less expensive "click and pawl" drag would probably be fine), but it will be great for light saltwater fishing in the Gulf, and for any travel you might do down the road for fish like bonefish in the Keys (or steelhead if you ever venture up north).
A four piece 9' rod will meet overhead requirements of most airlines, but more importantly, will give you a much better ability to keep line off the water for longer casts and the ability to generate higher line speeds than a 6' 6" rod- Most rods that short are 1-4 weights designed for small streams with lots of overhead brush/trees, short casts 20-30 feet or less, and small flies size 16 and smaller.
It's difficult/impossible to find one rod to "do it all", and you may want to add different outfits (built around different line weights) for different types of fishing down the road. Since you live in Northern Louisiana, you may decide to chase trout in Ark. or out west. Adding a 9' 5 weight down the road to your arsenal would be great for them, as well as panfish. Starting with a 7 or 8 weight (i'd probably go with an 8 for bass and saltwater if you'll likely be doing both) and adding a 5 weight at some point down the road will cover you for most freshwater and light saltwater fishing in the US and beyond.
And, I always recommend folks look for a fly fishing club in their area-- it's a great way to get a lot of great advice, participate in group trips, casting clinics, meet new friends and possibly get a mentor to take you under his/her wing. It'll take years off the learning curve. Many clubs are affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers, and you can do a search for clubs near you here:
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The FFF site also has links to find certified fly casting instructors (under the "casting certification" tab) if you need/want a tuneup at some point after your school.
There is a FFF affiliated club in Shreveport, but their website hasn't been updated in awhile, so you might want to send an email to see if they're still going strong. Good luck on your adventure, you'll have a blast!