FYI to all, if you want to set up your email, click the "change email forwarding" link in MyUW. That will take you to a page where you can choose where your UW email goes. Options should include your personal account, UW Google Apps, or UW Office 365. I recommend Google Apps, as it sets up a Gmail account associated with your uw.edu address, and that lets you sync to the Gmail app on your phone, which is pretty handy. Plus, you can keep using it after graduation, last I checked, if it's through UW google apps. (It will expire after graduation if through Office 365/exchange.)
For general IT issues, there are lots of guides on the UW IT website. It's worth clicking around. https://itconnect.uw.edu/help/
Also, you can get discounted and free software through UW as a student, including MS Office. https://itconnect.uw.edu/wares/uware/https://itconnect.uw.edu/wares/uware/mi ... 5-proplus/
I recommend using the free Office 365, because that will give you a terabyte of OneDrive space. I recommend using a service like OneDrive to backup everything you do on your computer and sync it automatically, so you don't lose notes or other school materials right before finals or any other inconvenient time if your computer fails. This will automatically end once you leave the UW, so just make sure you continue your subscription when you graduate or move your files at that point.