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Spring Break approaches, Kirkwood students make plans for week of freedom.

Kirkwood students decide between expensive trips or local options for Spring Break

By Ted Schiefen
On February 20, 2013


Many Kirkwood Community College students will take advantage of a week of freedom from instructors, books and crowded hallways during spring break, from March 16-24.

This year high travel prices might slow some students down. Gas prices, along with airfare rates, are going up. The national gas average is currently at $3.73 per gallon, over .40 cents higher than a month ago, according to AAA. In Cedar Rapids, the price is currently $3.50 per gallon and increasing as well. This will make traveling much more expensive.

Some students, however, are still planning on spending their week off traveling. Kirkwood student Damion Schulze, athletic training emphasis, said he is driving to the Witsconsin Dells along with the Lake of the Ozarks area over break.

The alternative to driving is flying. While driving takes time and money, flying may be even more of a hassle. Two students at Kirkwood, Alisha Brehm, elementary education emphasis, and Maggie McCormick, special education emphasis said they plan to fly to Miami, Fla. According to, traveling to a popular spring break destination such as Panama City, Fla., can cost upward of $1,150 and will include multiple layovers. Hotels in Panama City cost approximately $59-$99 a night, also according to

Some students plan to balance work and play. Jeff Martin, chemical engineering emphasis said that he plans to work as much as possible over the break along with playing lots of disc golf, going slack lining and kayaking.

Other students at Kirkwood plan to stay closer to campus. "My spring break plans just involve hanging out with the homies," said Matt Engebritson, a Liberal Arts student.

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