By Rohan Andresen ’12
Across the commercial airline industry prices are jumping sky high as purse strings remain tight for many consumers.
Many people have put their personal vacations on hold, but college visits remain popular and numerous among Brophy seniors.
Throughout high school, even more so during junior and senior year, many students are increasingly focused on the prospect of college.
Students list their favorite college choices, and soon set off on various trips to visit their chosen universities all across the country.
Regardless of increasing airfare, this tradition is still alive and thriving with a few changes.
“The mindset has changed, it seems to me that more families are waiting to hear back from schools and whether or not their son’s been accepted to decide whether or not they want to visit the schools,” according to college counselor Ms. Robin Freed.
As an example of the change in the amount of people flying, AAA of Arizona predicted that Thanksgiving airline travel will be down 6.7 percent in the United States, and 9.4 percent in Arizona.
Though many families are not financially able to visit their son’s colleges of choice, in some cases students may still be able to take a trip to tour the campus.
“There are colleges out there that have programs, they’re typically called fly in programs, where they will fly students in (to visit),” Ms. Freed said.
She also encouraged students to contact the school if they want to visit, but do not have the monetary means to make the trip.
Danny Wilson ’10 has visited six colleges so far, all on the east coast; however, he also said, “I would like to visit a few more (schools), but I most likely will not.”
Though some students do not get to tour all the schools on their list, they are still going to visit at least a few despite the higher airfare prices.
Nevertheless, if students cannot afford to visit a school, there are ways which the school can enable them to come for a tour.