Chelsea Ebeling



When class first started and I heard we were going to do two stories I thought to myself, “that’s no big deal.” Then as I continued to read the syllabus I noticed some crucial information: the aforementioned stories were to be written with in-person interviews included. Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait … what?

To say I was stressed would be quite an understatement, and the stress only continued to build as the story deadlines drew closer. It wasn’t interviewing people that worried me, it was the preparation.

Before an interview you have to have an outline of what your story is going to be in order to gather questions that will back up your story. It’s that kind of preparation that about made me lose all my hair.

My enterprise story is probably my most intimidating beat to date. I’m not only writing about domestic violence, which is heavy in itself, but I’m including true stories from people who have lived through that horrific life. I definitely feel that I’m not only aiming for a good story, but I’m also obligated to those individuals to tell their story in a way that they are proud.

Luckily, Salt Lake City has a chapter of the YWCA and I was able to call a few directors there who put me in contact with the director of the Family Justice Center. She was able to lead me to sources of information about domestic abuse as well as give me some insight about what she does and about the people who seek help there.

The next few sources were the most daunting. Domestic violence awareness holds a special place in my heart, and one of the reasons for that is because I have some close friends who have experience with it. It’s always nerve wrenching when you’re involved with such a loaded topic, but thankfully my friends are really open about what happened in their past. They wanted to help spread awareness and possibly help prevent others from getting in situations like theirs by telling their stories.

I’m hoping that my story will do this topic justice because this process has taught me a lot. I’ve learned about warning signs of abuse, who’s more at risk, and where to turn for help. If just one person walks away learning something from my story that’s enough for me.


William Ernest Henley once wrote, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” This quote has always resonated with me. I’ve noticed how easy it is to fall into the status quo and do what is expected of you. I consider myself a free spirit and curiosity drives me, so doing what everyone else does just wouldn’t satisfy me. I like the idea of being in control of what I do and having something different to attend to each day. I want to experience different occupations, I want to interact with people from different backgrounds, and I certainly don’t want to miss out on anything. What can I say, I’m a people person and staying cooped up alone in an office just wouldn’t suit me. That is why communication seemed to be the perfect fit. I’m currently declared as a strategic communication major with a business minor and should graduate sometime in 2013. So bring it on world, I’m ready to experience everything this life has to offer.