If you didn't actually buy yet, you might check into the LifeDrive from Palm.
It's got a 4GB drive, plays music, bigger screen that the Zire, and keeps it's memory intact even if you forget to charge it up. It's got an SD slot for memory expansion and file swapping, too.
With the 4GB drive, you could put a lot of music on it, too. No need to buy that ipod mini, if you've been eyeing one...
It's got MS Office compatible software, so you can view, edit, and write your stuff using that keyboard, too.
It's got bluetooth and wifi, so if your campus has wifi somewhere, you can check email, t-nation.com, etc.