Profile For Stephanie K.

Stephanie K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Columbus, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 months, 3 weeks ago

Stephanie K.'s Bio

I am 52 years old. I have 2 grown children. I was born and raised in Los Angles near Venice Beach. I left when I was 20. I walked away from a life that was headed for either death or prison and never looked back. I have lived in 6 states since then. I get restless and need a new adventure so I pick up and move, somewhere, anywhere. I have been a hairdresser for 32 years, I have been a safety coordinator for BP, I have built above ground pools and put up siding on houses, I worked in real estate, I worked for the Veterans Affairs Hospitals in West Los Angeles and Columbus Ohio, I got my GED and my Associate of Arts degree with a focus on Psychology from Columbus State Community College with a GPA of 3.67 at age 46. I then attended Ohio State University for a year. I have 96 semester credits towards a psychology degree. I then dropped out due to my step fathers death and losing the house he was renting to me for 250.00 a month so I could go to college. I went to Charlotte North Carolina and Managed 3 Great Clips Salons over the next 3 1/2 years. I threw myself into my work and became known as a fixer. I took stores that were in serious decline and put them on the path of growth. I think I became a really good manager, but I just was not seeing any real satisfaction in my position and I needed a break. I needed to figure out what would make me happy and give me a sense of satisfaction, so I quit my job, packed up and came back to Columbus Ohio where my children, my mother and my sister live. I have been back now for 6 months working as a stylist at Great Clips, (I am very fast and good at cutting so I make about 20.00 an hour). I crash at my mothers, have a storage unit, minimal bills and no ties to anyone or any place. My children are 21 and 34 years old. They don't really need me hanging around anymore. My passion is writing and I think I am pretty good at it so I have started writing a fiction novel that seems to have developed into a young adult story.

That is where I am now in my life and how I ended up contemplating what to do next. I am bored in my career and can no longer seem to enjoy standing on slab cement 35 hours a week cutting 100+ people a week. And so I had the brilliant idea of becoming a long distance truck driver. I grew up with a few truck drivers so I knew the life. I have always been a true loner, I have driven across the country 5 times, I am a rule follower and a pretty good driver. My last ticket for no seat belt was in 2002, my last speeding ticket was 26 years ago and my only DUI was 25 years ago but was pleaded down to a Reckless Operation. I learned my lesson big time.

Driving a truck just sounded perfect. I could be alone, write and drive all over the country. I worried that I would not qualify because of my age and height. I am only 5' 1 1/2", but getting on this forum has made me realize that it is possible. So I have been working my way through the High Road CDL prep tests and studying every chance I get. I think I have decided to apply for Roehl Transport so I can do their school. I am saving money so I have a couple of months of bill and food, etc. money to get me though until I start the training, which they advertise as paying 500.00 a week. I can live off that.

I am sitting at Panera Bread with my laptop getting ready to study more since I want to be totally prepared before I apply for my new career. That is my story.

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Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Student trucker also learning English

I agree. The podcast is a great listening tool for people wanting to familiarize themselves with the lingo.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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90 days or 6 months? out-of-service orders (student - CDL prep)

If I remember correctly, it was different in the manual. Go with what the manual says.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Heading to Prime

Thanks guys for all the support and advice. If it doesn't work out than it simply wasn't meant to be, but it won't be because I didn't give it my all. At least I am not a Greyhound employee. They are all sarcastic and rude for absolutely no reason. They must just be miserable.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Heading to Prime

Well, here I go!!! Getting on the bus now!!! Nervous, excited and just plain freaked out!!!!

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Prime CDL Training

OMG!! That is wonderful. You were born to be a trucker!!! I want to be you!!!smile.gif

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Prime CDL Training

Awesome Kim, I am so excited for you. I have been packing and making lists so I don't forget anything. Starting to get very excited but nervous. I hope I can sail through all of my tests like you did. We shall see.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime CDL Training

I am sure you will do fine. When you want something bad enough and are willing to put in the time, as well as, the effort, nothing can stop you. How was the agility test? I have struggled with high BP, so I have been sticking to the DASH diet. So far it's stayed down. That's my only worry. That and lifting really heavy boxes.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime CDL Training

I will, thanks. How's your day 1 going?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime CDL Training

Hey, I got my ticket for greyhound set up. I leave at 8 am on sat so I will get in on sat night. Taking the same route as you did out of Columbus Ohio Kim T. I hope I get to see y'all. Kim H I hope you made it as well. Have a great day. I am just studying at the library.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

That's another reason I want to come in on Saturday. I bet you did sleep. Bet you're gonna sleep good again tonight. Good luck with everything tomorrow.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

Lol. Yeah, I am so excited. Yes, it will be great to have someone help me as Donna was able to help you. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting started. At least I won't have as brutal a trip as you had. I am coming from Columbus, but I will talk to my recruiter about leaving on Saturday instead of Sunday for the same reason as you. If I leave Sunday morning and get in at 11:30 pm, by the time I get to sleep I will only get a few hours before having to get up and tackle that long first day. I will keep you updated on when I am getting there. Get some rest.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

Glad you made it safe Kim. And found Donna. I will be there next week. Keep us all posted on how it's going

Posted:  1 month ago

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TRUCKING TRUTH HELPED ME BECOME AN ELITE DRIVER.

I also feel guilty for the same reasons. I read, sponge the info but hardly post. Mostly because I don't feel that I have much to contribute yet. I too feel so lucky to have found this website. Funny that you are going into railroading. A customer of mine asked me a few weeks ago why I didn't choose railroading over trucking. Other than money or home time, what was the appeal for you? Just curious.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

Oh no. I already started them. Maybe if some are in baggies and I have the bottles with me. The bottles just take up so much room. Thanks, I would have never thought of that.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime CDL Training

You got this Kim. I'll be there on the 27th. Still waiting to hear what my Greyhound itinerary is. It's a bit overwhelming trying to think of everything that needs done so I can be gone for 3 months. I take 10 vitamins a day. Lord, just sitting and putting them into 90 little baggies, stuff like that, makes me glad I took a few weeks off of working before leaving. And the studying. I am so glad I have more time to focus on it. Are you gonna do a CDL Diary? If so I would love to follow it, as you will be one week ahead of me.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Hazmat endorsement at Prime

Whew!!! Thanks. On page 3 of my paperwork it says "Note: All Prime drivers need to add hazmat and tanker endorsements to their Class A CDL. This is required for all divisions (tanker,flatbed and refridgerated) pursuant to new bulk liquid laws". Got me scared. I have enough to learn as it is. Sitting here making cut and paste flash cards from the CDL manual "test your knowledge" questions. Been working through high road a second time also. I am an over achiever by nature, and I am gonna have heart palpatations if I have to do Hazmat. Going to my Zen place now. Thanks again

Posted:  1 month ago

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Hazmat endorsement at Prime

Hey, guess what??? I am heading to Prime!!!!! Yay!!!! I start orientation on the 27th. So excited!!! My question is:. Do I need a Hazmat Endorsement as well as a Tanker? Recruiter said only Tanker. Paperwork says both. That looks like a tough exam. Lordy, please let me know ASAP so I can add it to my studying if I have to. Thanks. Have a great day everyone.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Quick question

I can see the bigotry thing happening. That awesome that you got to realize both dreams. Cutting hair is a good skill to have. You can always make some side money. I never wanted to do it. Just fell into it and was good at it so I just stayed and raised my kids doing it. Now I finally get to do what I want. I always dreamed of being a Dr of psychology, but I have about 6 more years of college to do that so I decided to try trucking first. It sounds like such an awesome career. My daughter is doing the degree's that I wanted. I can see how it goes for her.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Prime CDL Training

I should be hearing anyway now. They are still running checks on my application. I told her I would be ready to start on the 27.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I did it !!!!

AWESOME. CONGRATS!!!!!!dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

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