PHOTO & STORY BY PIXIE IWATA
With gas prices gradually rising across the nation, students are beginning to feel the pressure of driving to school every day.
According to the data received by AAA, gas has gone up almost two dollars just within the past year, and 80 cents this past month.
Today the average cost of gas in Orange County is $5.930 for regular, $6.149 for mid-range, and $6.253 for premium gas.
This rise in prices is due to the ban on Russian oil and other fuel import by the Biden administration.
Students are now forced to decide on what’s more important; gas or other responsibilities.
Jessica Guillen, a studio arts major at Cypress College, who drives to school every day for classes and work has had to cut back on some of the things she needed to do.
“I try not to drive more than I have to… Recently I actually had to decide which was more important, getting gas or getting a new pair of prescription glasses… I had no choice but to get gas,” Guillen states.
By adding higher gas prices to an already difficult budget, students have to rearrange their current way of living.
Due to the uproar in gas prices and complaints, the Biden administration is looking to release 1 million barrels of oil everyday for the next six months.
This release of U.S. oil should bring down the current gas prices that came due to the sanctions of Russian oil.
Although balancing school and other financial stressors continues to take a toll on students going to school, this may be a light at the end of the tunnel.