Goodness, you all talking about lenses already. The young chap still don't know about the tripartite relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO ... let alone how to manipulate the 3 to get good bokeh (blur background effect).
Let him get off the ground first ... no bicycle yet, how to take off training wheels?
And he's not sit for his exams yet ... so don't worry him with all this different combination, else he'll write "Canon 550D + Tamron 17-50mm lens" for his Chemistry paper! Let him clear his papers first and show to his parents he can make it. Else he'l only get a P&S instead.
Don't worry Jared. You still have a long ways to go ... we are all here to guide you if you need help ... and if you need seniors to help go down to ensure you don't get your "head chopped off", when you buy your gear.
(This boy won't be able to sleep tonite, salivating about all the different gear he'll be getting for his June holidays!)