Gas or Money?

Students not letting high gas prices get them down

by Published: Feb 27, 2013

For most of us, find­ing the money to put gas into our vehi­cles is not an enjoy­able expe­ri­ence, espe­cially for stu­dents like Philip Prano, who often dri­ves long dis­tances for class-related activities.

Prano, Ferris senior in the nurs­ing pro­gram, spends a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money on gas in order to be present dur­ing his manda­tory clin­i­cal– and class-related events. The far­thest dis­tance Prano has dri­ven for class was a two hour trip to Grayling.

“The cur­rent gas prices are, quite frankly, a pain for me. I have to drive con­sid­er­able dis­tances for clin­i­cal, and the cost of gas accu­mu­lates quickly,” Prano said. “I am dri­ving every week to clin­i­cal, and soon it will become two times a week due to the required clin­i­cal hours.”

According to Prano, although the prices of gas are much higher than he would like, he is grate­ful for the type of car he dri­ves. The Honda Civic owner says he pays near $35 to fill up his tank, which allows him to go about 350 miles before fill­ing up again.

Beginning in January of this year, gas prices in Big Rapids and sim­i­larly through­out the state have been increas­ing. As of

Friday, Feb. 22, gas prices were $3.88 per gal­lon in Big Rapids.

According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the aver­age gas price in the state of Michigan is $3.86 com­pared to $3.58 a year ago.

Analysts say mul­ti­ple fac­tors are respon­si­ble for the increase, includ­ing refin­ery main­te­nance and the ris­ing price of whole­sale gaso­line, accord­ing to an arti­cle on Mlive​.com.

Like Prano, other stu­dents have their own opin­ions about the ris­ing gas prices. Trevin Bernat, Ferris senior in the law enforce­ment acad­emy recruit, also dri­ves to class and meet­ings every day in his 1995 Chevy Blazer.

“I think they [cur­rent gas prices] are ridicu­lously high,” Bernat said. “It’s frus­trat­ing how much they fluc­tu­ate and it’s hard because I also have bills and gro­ceries to pay for.”

Bernat pays approx­i­mately $45 each time he fills up his gas tank.

Despite the high gas prices, nei­ther Prano nor Bernat let it affect their bud­get too much. Both of them admit­ted to not allow­ing the high costs sac­ri­fice a trip home.

“I never sac­ri­fice a trip home,” Prano said. “Seeing my fam­ily and loved ones has no price tag.”