Case Study 42
Tarika Sejal Chowdhary and Eric Baker
Patrick grew up in a wealthy family with a successful father. His father was a
lawyer, making a salary of six figures during the 1970’s and his mother was a nurse.
Patrick also had an older brother who the father never accepted because of his lack of
athletic ability and coordination. During Patrick’s younger years, until the age of 5 or 6,
his father had been an alcoholic and had beaten his wife. Patrick knew that athletics and
competitiveness were important to his father, so he strived to become involved in sports
in school. Throughout his years in elementary school, junior, and senior high schools,
Patrick excelled not only athletically, but also academically and socially. However, his
first year of college was difficult, because he had been so used to being able to get
anything he wanted easily. He was failing classes, partying, drinking, smoking, and even
lost his girlfriend.
Eventually, Patrick realized his life was falling apart, and he would need to make
some changes to get back on track. He was able to control everything and finally improve
his academic career, doing extremely well and gaining an internship with a state senator.
After applying to the law school his father went to and being accepted, he wondered
whether he was accepted due to his own hard work or his father’s influence. Later, he
even gained a position at his father’s law firm, however he was never sure why he was
receiving all these positions and acceptances. Finally, Patrick confronted his father about
why he had gotten those positions, and his father told him that he had earned them on his
own. His father had influenced the internship, but the job at the law firm and gaining