Why a Resignation Letter? In these digital times, why should we submit a resignation letter, anyway? A paper trail does seem old_fashioned, but in this case, it's a best practice. It makes your intentions clear, as well as the conditions. You're removing any ambiguity about the end of your time there.
Turning in your two weeks notice can be terrifying__because no matter how well you think you know your supervisor, you can never be 100% sure of his or her reaction. Will he be furious and insist on walking you out the door immediately? Will she beg you to stay, enticing you with an enormous raise? Or will he be completely civil and wish you the best of luck?