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Hi. Without knowing what the problem is, it's hard to say. If you ran over her dog or something, and she's held a grudge ever since, then yes, you could mention it. Say how you made a mistake/error in the past and you hope it can be swept under the rug, since you'll now be working together again. However, (and this is most likely to be the case), if you had a bad working relationship with her, experienced a clash of personality, an argument, diffference of opinion etc, I don't think you should draw attention to it. I imagine that you want the email to suggest that whatever happened is not so terrible that you cannot ever work with her again, and you're looking forward to forgetting it. Hmm, I'm not sure what the best way to tackle it is...
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But anyway, how about:
Dear Dr. X,
I wanted to let you know that I'll be returning to [insert uni] to study for a [MA/MPhil/PhD] in [insert month] with great enthusiasm. Since I understand that you will be [teaching/organising] X component of the course, I wanted to let you know that I am very much looking forward to it. I hope that it will be a productive year for both of us.
All best wishes
Not perfect, but along those lines???
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Private co-ed day school. One which placed a lot of emphasis on academic merit. Without doubt, the best possible choice my parents could have made. I'm not saying that would be the case for every one, but for me, it certainly was. I'm a dyslexic student and I feel that the attention that I was given at school is what enabled me to follow an academic career path. Also, I loved the co-educational aspect and some of my closest male and female friends today, are those I went to school with.
Hello! Congrats for submitting! I'm only in my first year, but my boyfriend submitted his thesis about 4 years ago. I will never forget the waiting period, he put us both through hell. First he spotted a few typos....then some more.....then some glaring errors, including bibliographical mistakes, mixed up references etc. He was absolutely convinced he had completely screwed it up, and was stressed and miserable night and day. However, guess what! It was absolutely fine. He simply corrected them and passed! Typos are very common. You're not a machine, and you're bound to make some mistakes. Everyone knows that, including your markers. Keep positive!
I had a bit of a nasty confrontation with my MA supervisor and it was quite clear I was on the brink of tears. A combination of personal distress, and frustration with him. My voice was shaking and I was definitely welling up. I've never seen a grown man look so uncomfortable in all my life...
In your situation however, when it's clearly about personal issues, your supervisor will understand (unless he's a monster). He won't think any less of you at all. Don't worry about that.
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