Don’t know if this is one you had in mind, but I highly recommend it as a first drawing tablet:
It’s the Wacom Intuos Draw. Extremely cheap, you’ll rarely find one over $60, and it works just as well as any of the bigger, fancier ones. I used this for a few years before I got my current tablet, and it was always loyal and never revolted.
Nothing fancy about a tablet, all they do is act like your mouse, but in pen flavor! Just use an art program like you would normally with a mouse, except with the pen, and boom. Art.
That’s all, unless you have a screen tablet like mine. Then there’s an HDMI cable too, but for a normal non-screen tablet, it’s just the USB.
There are none, because the best are FREE!
I see you’ve already seemed to be set on Fire Alpaca, but if I might interest you in some other prime real-estate?
GIMP, it’s basically Photoshop, but free. It’s also what I used for, again, many years. Unlike my tablet, it did try to revolt once, but I put that uprising down with force.
Oh, there’s also a fake version called GIMPShop. Don’t use that. Don’t look at it. Most especially don’t give it your number and ask it to call you for a second date. It won’t. It will just infect your computer with a virus and leave you for some guy named Kevin.
There’s also KRITA. It’s also basically Photoshop, but free, and it’s also a littler better than GIMP. Fun fact, you can animate with it too. It also won’t dump you for Kevin, so that’s a plus.
I still have both of these programs too, because one day Photoshop is going to leave me too.
Because nothing you get in college is forever. And if you take anything from this post, it should be that.
Anyways, good luck! Have fun with that tablet, man!