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Question re: e-mail to a prof...

As ya'll know I got into graduate school (yay)! I was pretty sure of my choice until I did some reflecting and realized that perhaps someone else would be a better supervisor for my thesis (at another school). Here is a group of e-mails that were sent between me and the prof at another University. I have not sent the third e-mail yet. Please tell me whether or not it is a little pushy/foreward...What do ya'll think of her reply?
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E-mail 1

Dear Dr.Anna

I recently received acceptance into the history MA program at
________. I would be interested in working with you on a thesis paper in
the field of ______________ with an emphasis on _________. In particular, I would like to investigate ______________________
Would your area of expertise/ interests allow you to supervise
such a project?

Regards,

Tennisfan 1984


Email 2- Her Reply

Dear Tennifan1984,

Thank you for your message and congratulations on your acceptance.

As you may know, I am on leave this year, and will return to ________in the summer. I would be happy to discuss your research interests then.

Sincerely yours
Prof. Anna

E-mail 3: My reply

Dear Dr. Anna,

Thank you for your reply! I am aware of the fact that it is too early to seriously discuss my thesis. The matter is somewhat urgent, however, because I am currently entertaining an offer from University A, and my decision to attend University B would be largely based on an expressed willingness on your part to supervise me. In view of this I don't think that the details of my research interests are nearly as important as is your capability to supervise me. Of course, by no means am I looking for a guarantee of supervision-- I merely want to be relatively confident that-- in the event that I continue to pursue this research topic-- you will be available.

Regards,
tennisfan 1984

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It depends on what kind of a professor she is. Most of them like it when you kiss ass and do what they fucking say, others like it when you're more pushy. I have to say the latter (in my experience) is the definite minority.
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No, it's good.

It's a little pushy, but that's the way it should be. She has to know you're really interested in being supervised by her. Hope I'm not being too nosey here, but what actually made you think she would be a better supervisor BTW, if you're not even sure if she's the subject matter expert of your proposed thesis topic?

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Hope I'm not being too nosey here, but what actually made you think she would be a better supervisor BTW, if you're not even sure if she's the subject matter expert of your proposed thesis topic?
I think he finds the Prof hot
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No, it's good.

It's a little pushy, but that's the way it should be. She has to know you're really interested in being supervised by her. Hope I'm not being too nosey here, but what actually made you think she would be a better supervisor BTW, if you're not even sure if she's the subject matter expert of your proposed thesis topic?
No problem at all...

She is extremely well known in terms of one aspect of what I want to study--and her area of interest does fall under what I want to study-- the only problem is that she has not done any work specifically in my region of interest. I know that it isbetter to find profs. who are not experts in your field, but better known in a related field (so that your project is not their project with your name on it).

The prof. at the other University works for a far more prestg. univeristy in a very intimate program-- but she is not that well known-- so it's a matter now for me to choose department/university over prof.

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I think he finds the Prof hot
I kinda do

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it's not pushy, it's direct and to the point.

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