Spreadsheets or Michelangelo: Going Back to School

12 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2020

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Gregory B. Fairchild

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Tierney Fairchild

Independent

Christina Black

Independent

Liz Ivaniw Jones

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

A financially struggling administrative assistant needs information to help her decide whether she can return to school.

Excerpt

UVA-F-1874

Aug. 21, 2019

Spreadsheets or Michelangelo: Going Back to School

Introduction

Martha had trouble sleeping that night because she kept thinking about how much she was struggling with managing her finances. She enjoyed her job as an administrative assistant and worked for a firm that she really loved, but after four years she was making only $ 30,000 a year.

She thought about how she wanted to do better financially for herself and for her son, Andre, who was eight years old. She loved to read about art, to visit art museums, and to draw and paint. She knew she wanted to work in the arts and somehow include her interest in business management. However, Martha also realized that her work options in the area of art history were very limited, and she didn't think she could make a good living in that field without further education. She wondered if she could possibly study both art history and business management at the same time. She knew that she needed to seek advice about her options.

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Keywords: community college, four-year college, financial aid, student loans, cost of education, Resilience Education

Suggested Citation

Fairchild, Gregory B. and Fairchild, Tierney and Black, Christina and Jones, Liz Ivaniw, Spreadsheets or Michelangelo: Going Back to School. Darden Case No. UVA-F-1874. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445948

Gregory B. Fairchild (Contact Author)

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Tierney Fairchild

Independent

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Christina Black

Independent

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Liz Ivaniw Jones

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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