Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
Many people believe that to climb the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and relinquish it. But others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and integrate past and present.
Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation

Assignment: Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Think about personal and professional development as a student and as a person pursuing a career. Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
Key Marking criteria will include:

•Assignment Structure: planning, clarity of thesis statement, topic sentences and structure which assists in the development of a coherent answer
•Quality of Writing: Readability and ability to convey key message(s) concisely
•Quality/Scope of research material: Understanding of established knowledge, use of a wide range of relevant and suitable sources, accurate citations and references
•Understanding: Assignment demonstrates students have understood key topics
•Critical Analysis: Quality/level of critical thought demonstrated through analysis, synthesis, evaluation and rational argument,
•Reflective skills: Quality/level of reflectiveness and relevance to task
•Overall Quality of Assignment