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I am writing to a Professor as a prospective graduate student. I want to tell him that I will be one step ahead at the begging of my masters program since I have taken several graduate courses already. So my tone should convey that I am a promising candidate and should not be boastful. I want to tell him that by assessing this knowledge I will start my master thesis sooner and I would be more successful. I guess that there are good ways in English to state this point. I would be very grateful if anyone could help me to express it.

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    I am not expecting anyone to write a letter for me! I am just asking for a verb or word or a sentence to convey my point. My English is basic I can not make advanced point. However I am sorry if my question is irrelevant to your websites's purpose and feel free to delete my post. Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 19:53
  • Don’t go “begging” though.
    – David
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 23:49

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We could say you have a 'Head start'.

"the advantage of beginning before others in a competition or other situation"

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You could say, "Because I have already completed X, X, and X graduate courses at X university (or through X program), I am poised to hit the ground running as a graduate student and commence my master thesis ahead of schedule."

Alternatively, you could say, "...I am poised to begin my master thesis ahead of the standard trajectory through the program."

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"have a leg up on"

from Merriam-Webster:

: to have an advantage over others

e.g.

The company has a leg up on the competition thanks to the recent publicity.

Another example in a conversation in Stargate Atlantis between Drs Lee and Weir:

LEE: ... I'm uh... level 75, Mage. I'm specializing in engineering and jewelling. You?

WEIR: Oh, wow... level 75? Eh... Me? I'm only 50.

LEE: Ah, well, I had the beta of the expansion pack, so I sorta had a leg up on most people. What's your race?

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  • Leg up generally refers to getting help rather than doing something yourself, so it might not be the best way to say "I'm great! I'm ahead! Pick me!"
    – Stuart F
    Commented Aug 24, 2022 at 12:16
  • @StuartF Thanks for the clarification. I just thought the beta expansion that Dr Lee got is exactly like the graduate course that the OP had, something they had ahead of time that most others don't have: in Dr Lee's case, a preview version, in the OP's case an advanced course most undergrads don't have until their graduate years.
    – tinlyx
    Commented Aug 24, 2022 at 13:38

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