Gas prices causes drain on student pocketbooks, lifestyles



Freshman Joshua Bunch pumps gas for Sophomore Ciara Kleihauer on Tuesday morning. Students are feeling stressed financially by increased gas prices.

Students drive to school, work, and around town everyday. All of this can be stopped by one thing: gas. The gas prices are going up increasingly fast, breaking the record of $4.10 and is now around $4.30.

   The cause of the gas increase is due to the United States shutting off all incoming oil and energy from Russia because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The constant rise in gas prices is affecting everyone around the world and is ultimately causing issues in basic everyday lives. 

   “I think it is hard for students, or any part time worker, because it is harder for them to get enough hours to pay for raising prices,” senior Alan Landsberg said.

   “The prices going up leaves less spending money for teens,” senior August Nickles said. 

   The gas prices are expected to remain over 4 dollars until November. The average for 2022 is expected to be $3.99, and the national average could reach up to $5 a gallon due to the situation in Ukraine according to The Washington Post. 

   There is no for sure answer of when the prices will drop but students are not leaning towards the decrease happening anytime soon. 

   “The gas prices have gone up and down in the past few elections. I think by 2024 the gas prices will be going down a lot,” sophomore Laney Arnett said. 

   “Gas prices will go down when peace is made among countries,” sophomore Carter Shockey said.

   Many students support themselves by paying for their vehicles, bills, and basic necessities. Despite how hard some teens may work, going to school and being minors makes it much more difficult to have extra money after all expenses are paid. This extra money goes to typical things such as gas and some teens just can’t afford it anymore. 

   “The students are becoming more poor,” said Arnett.

   “Some of us are probably going to start running out of money to buy gas,” said junior Brienna Fenlon.

   Gas prices are not the only thing that has raised its prices, according to meat prices have gone up by 19.6 percent.

   “I think the price of all things are going up, but I think shutting down the pipeline had a big impact because we now have to import all of our oil,” said Landsberg.