Myrtle Guarisco

Myrtle Guarisco, Opinions Editor

Moving can be one of the most stressful times for a student. Leaving friends, family, and the town you know to go across the country in the hopes of making a life there. 

In July of 2021, Myrtle Guarisco, sophomore, made this move. She was living in Louisiana and drove across the country in a little over a week with her mother, father, two siblings, a dog, and a bunny, to the city of West Linn, Oregon.  

Guarisco had lived in Texas, Oregon, and Louisiana, moving around quite a bit, before returning to West Linn in early August. In seven years she had gone to seven schools. 

“It’s just a silly anecdote that seems to sum up what moving is like,” Guarisco says. “It’s a lot of new starts. Meeting a lot of new people and being in a lot of new, unknown situations. Which can be fun and exciting at times, I’ll admit, but can also be draining when having to do it so repetitively.” 

Moving was bittersweet for Guarisco. 

“All my family lives in Louisiana so I miss them terribly. I called Louisiana home for three years and had gotten to grow closer with some really awesome people. It makes me truly sad to leave them, but I’m happily reminded that those beautiful moments I had still happened. The people are still there, and moving just simply gives me a chance to have more beautiful moments in a new place, with new awesome people I’ve yet to meet.”

West Linn, Oregon is a very different place than South Louisiana. If you haven’t been, Guarisco recommends visiting New Orleans sometime. The music is one of a kind. The food is delicious and filling. The people are warm and welcoming. But if you think there are mosquitoes in Oregon, you are sorely mistaken. 

“The climate… it’s worlds away,” says Guarisco. 

Since the move, she’s been adjusting to her new life, and has found herself settling in. Making it home.

“I’ve had some ups and downs. It’s difficult to start over again, even though I’ve lived here before. But I’m trying to make the best of the situation. Saying that sounds like I’m in a bad situation, and I’m not. I have a loving family and a supportive community that reflects my values. I guess the situation I’m trying to make the best of is moving again,” She says.

“But I have high hopes. I’ve done it before.”



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