I had an email exchange and interview with this professor and I feel like I should tell her I've been accepted elsewhere to my first choice program, but writing the words down and getting the tone right are hard.

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Yes, that's a hard letter to write. But she will have gotten letters like this before. Thank her, say you would have enjoyed working with her but that you have found another position that suits you better or better fits your interests.

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Write her soon, so she can offer the job to someone else.

  • Thanks for your reply. I should probably add that this is for a masters program, so it isn't quite as serious and I haven't started, I've only considered applying.
    – fenways111
    Mar 2, 2021 at 12:21
  • If you can add some mild complement to the mail, provided it is true, it is also good in general. "interesting work", "helpful support", ...
    – Buffy
    Mar 2, 2021 at 14:14
  • Not as important for a masters' program, but if you're working in the same area and likely to run in to each other, it can kind to mention that; "I appreciate the time you put into evaluating my application, and hope to meet you in person sometime at $CONFERENCE". Reasonable professors will welcome you into the community, even if you're doing your studies elsewhere. Mar 2, 2021 at 16:31

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