I requested to change majors, which required special accommodations for me from the program chair person. I was just notified by email that my request was accepted. In that email, the sender says essentially that my request will be approved 'based on [my] current qualifications'.
I want to acknowledge and express genuine appreciation of these special considerations, without sounding arrogant or patronizing.
My initial instinct was something like the following:
I realize that my coursework doesn't match what the other students have taken, and I appreciate both your willingness to consider the content of the courses I've taken and your time in doing so.
(My entire response is longer, but this is the part that I'm worried sounds arrogant when I read it back.)
I'm particularly concerned about the acknowledgement part, which I've phrased here as "I realize that ...". I've tried replacing 'realize' with various synonyms, but the sentence still sounds patronizing to me. I thought about being more explicit, e.g., "I want to acknowledge that ...", but this doesn't sound 'right' to me either.
How should I phrase a response (in an email) to acknowledge special considerations without sounding arrogant?