YA_RLY Posted February 4, 2011 Share Posted February 4, 2011 I have experienced the good fortune of being admitted to a program that I'm very excited about. My "dilemma" is that I'm not sure how to thank everyone! I have seen some posts on thanking LOR writers before, and I have already given thank you cards to my letter writers. Now, having been admitted, I want to say thanks again and let them know of my final decisions... but I have a few different circumstances, so please hear me out! Here are the groups of people I want to thank. my parents: I'm not sure how I could ever repay them for all of their support. They say it will be repayment enough when I get my PhD, but I wish I could do at least a little something special for them in the meantime!other family and friends: I've had a lot of extended family and close friends cheering me on, and I'd like them to know what they meant to me (~15 people)grad students: I worked with several through different research labs & projects, and they gave me good advice, read over applications, and in some cases were the ones who wrote LORs on behalf of instructors (~5 students)professors: for giving me opportunities to research with them, giving good advice, writing LORs, etc. (4 professors) One concern is that a professor I want to thank (an LOR writer) is now most likely my graduate advisor. If I give him a gift, I don't want to look like a brown-noser. I also don't know this professor well enough to get a (small) gift that's sure to be liked. In fact, the not knowing well enough is an issue with all of the professors. Also, some professors and graduate students were exceedingly more helpful, gracious, etc. than others, and I'd like to feel that I was somehow giving greater thanks to people who helped more/gave more of their time, etc. I'm so humbled by and grateful for these experiences during the application process. I know I have ~5 more years to PhD, but I feel that simply being accepted is off to a good start, and I'd like to thank the core people who helped it happen. I appreciate your suggestions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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