When the University of South Carolina Aiken announced closing campus because of the coronavirus epidemic, Monticello graduate Mia Maupin had to make a quick decision about where she would live for the next three weeks.
“My school is about 12 hours away from Monticello,” she said, “and with the virus’ growing presence in public places like airports and bus stations I have not been able to go home. A 12-hour drive is too much for me individually and my parents’ (Jeremy and Jennifer Maupin) respective lines of work did not allow them to be able to pack up and come get me.”
Maupin made the executive decision to go home with a friend in Savannah, Georgia.
She has been there since March 14.
“The Blankenship family opened their doors and their hearts and have made me feel like I am with family even when my family is hundreds of miles away,” Maupin said. “We are currently in a shelter-in-place situation much like my family in Monticello. Seeing as I will not be able to move out of the dorms until early/mid April I will be here for the foreseeable future.”
Maupin acknowledges she has been incredibly blessed by the grace of the Blankenship family for allowing her to live with them during tis uncertain times and making sure she “was in good hands.”
“I miss my family more than ever,” she said, “but I take comfort in knowing that they are taking the necessary and instructed precautions in order to thwart this virus. I think everyone everywhere needs a dose of the hometown closeness that Monticello offers these days. I’m doing my best, even remotely, to check on those that matter to me.”
Maupin is looking forward to her sophomore soccer season, and she has good reason.
“From the start of preseason I was working extremely hard and eventually I was able to work myself into a starting forward position and provided versatility to the team by being able to play on the outside as a midfielder as well,” Maupin said. “I learned a lot and was also successful in the classroom so I have no complaints about the fall.”
She played in 15 matches and earned 10 starts. She posted two goals and two assists on the year. The team finished 3-12-1 and 3-7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Maupin was also named Hutson-Etherridge Companies and Auto-Owners Insurance USCA Athletic Department Student-Athlete Of The Week for the week ending October 27, 2019.
“The fall season was a fantastic learning experience for me and I feel that I grew skillfully and emotionally and I look forward to taking what I learned and bringing it into the next season,” she said. “College soccer in the Peach Belt Conference was extremely competitive and brought out the best in me as an athlete.”
With so much in the air, Maupin and her teammates are preparing for the fall season as best they can.
“Our weight coach has been very helpful and flexible in making our workouts able to be completed at
home and without public interaction,” Maupin said.
“Our coaches have been great resources and continue to answer questions and work to make sure we are working hard,” she added.