In addition, this article from the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) goes into further depth on this topic. It is hoped that students and parents will think through this perspective as you as a family make decisions during the high school years. What are the pros and cons of adding rigor to your schedule? What opportunities are available to you that you can step into and grow from? Colleges want to know who you are as a student, so take the time during high school to explore experiences that demonstrate who you are and what is important to you.