Perry Wiggins enrolled at Xavier in 1996 right after high school, but found himself undecided and unhappy. So he left his sophomore year, got married, had a child and picked up a temp job at Procter & Gamble. There, he fell in love with the corporate environment and put his free time to good use—introspection. “My time away from school gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself, particularly my likes and dislikes,” Wiggins says.
With his new knowledge, Wiggins decided to re-enroll at Xavier in May 2002—in a big way. Over the next three and a half years, he not only pursued his bachelor’s degree in accounting but also his M.B.A. degree, occasionally taking five classes a semester while working full time and raising a family.
Finding time to study proved to be, well, a challenge. “Even after a long day of work and school, I still had to spend time with my wife and daughter,” he says. “And even after kissing them goodnight, there was always a chapter to read and always a paper to type or a test to study for.”
Wiggins usually began studying at 10:00 p.m. and learned to manage on five or six hours of sleep. “Time management was the key to keeping everything in balance,” says Wiggins, who now works at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. “I also credit God and his divine strength for getting me through those exhausting days.”