I know such type of questions has been asked lots of times, but I do believe people's conditions vary and there is not necessarily someone who has an identical condition to mine, so please allow me to ask such question again with some details.
I was applying for master's degree in computer science, and got accepted by the one that I've accepted and the other one that I have to turn down now. It was the professor who contacted me first, and one month after I received my offer, I went to the city and visited the school and met professor in person. We talked about a number of things including the research, her supervision style and such. However, I don't think I ever speak like I will for sure go to that university, as I pretty much kept myself conservative. Now I've made up my mind to attend the first school already, so I want to know:
- Should I send an email to the professor, besides one to the admission office, that I am about the decline the offer?
- If yes, what content should be included in the email? How long should that be? Should I explain carefully my reasoning of picking school?
I well understand that it needs to be extremely polite, but other than that, I am not very sure what to mention.
Also, it would be nice if you can share some experience you have in general when you turn down your offers.
If it helps, I applied to schools in Canada, but I also welcome experiences in the US.