Profile For Svetlana K.

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    San Antonio, TX

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    In CDL School

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    5 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Decision Time ..

Reading this post maybe gives me some hope, I too can not downshift to save my life. I know the pattern, i know the speed you need to be in and I stink at it, but still I'm studying my air brake test and can back up and parallel park pretty good, as my classmates tell me "Don't give up", I've wanted to cry and go home but what would I tell my kids, that mom gave up? I can't let that happen, they don't expect us to be great, and talking to people in my class who have their CDL, they weren't great at first, just try and don't give up on yourself. Those feelings have come to me plenty of times, just regroup and drive on. You will make it!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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My Swift Driving Academy experience.

Good job! Congrats, seems like the way you describe your school, you do so much more than us. I can upshift with no real problems but downshifting is hard for me. Take care and drive safe.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Shifting questions....

They would laugh at some people in my class too, including me, I hate double clutching. and I'm not good at it. Oh well.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

Well, the light bulb went on in my head about shifting, after 2 days of pulling a 53ft trailer around the course, I am finally doing alot better. I became road worthy today and we will be hitting the road tomorrow. It's pretty fun so if I can do this, anyone can do it. School is very fast paced, alot of info in a very short time. We have a class that almost everyone gets along, we keep each other laughing and the trainers are great. So glad I chose this career path.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Stevens Transport School in Denver

Guess I will see you here in about a week. Good luck!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Leave for Prime tomorrow afternoon...

Good Luck! It's an exciting experience. good-luck.gif

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

Got my confidence up when a trainer was with me, she was very calm, it helped alot. Today we only had 4 hrs of class on map reading and trip planning, I love maps, always looked at them as a kid so it was no problem and it helped being in the military. Sunday is our day off, so I'll get some studying in. Took a nap and when I woke up another light bulb went off in my head. I think my brain was just too tired. Don't think I mentioned it but I got all my written test out of the way last Wednesday. Took the last 3 and passed them all on the first try despite going to 5 different computers because they wouldn't load or my name was wrong. Very frustrating but I had better things to worry about. We still have people in our class that still need to go to DPS because their computers did the same thing to them. Have to get use to the frozen dinners and the gut truck, not a junk food person. Oh well, I still think it was all worth it, wouldn't change it for the world, plus I think the trucks are pretty sharp looking, I love black trucks.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

Thanks Old School, I have to put it in my head they don't want it perfect, I got to remember that. I love driving that truck, there was a point that I was going around that course with few problems and it just felt so right, I'm too hard on myself. I will try to remember that for this coming week. Thanks to all of ya'll for the support. thank-you.gif

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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In school

I'm in my first week, yes, we are having problems with shifting too, we're new to these. Hopefully your trainer can take you aside for a few minutes and let you practice shifting with the truck off, they said do the Adams family song thing, I hate that show so it won't work for me. Speak up, tell them you are having problems. It will click, I did so much better after a trainer came into the truck with me, I wasn't perfect but you will get it. I had a easier time straight backing with a trailer, and I never even back my pickup up. Keep on trucking! You've come this far!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

Today was a bunch of ups and downs, we did parallel parking and straight line backing, did ok, except for the last time when I off tracked way to much and had to get that trailer straight, I was really proud of myself, then came shifting and double clutching, since I've never shifted anything in my life I stunk, had a trainer come with me and it made it worse, Geez! there are times I just say the heck with it and want to go home, a different trainer came in and it just clicked, I was a lot smoother with clutching and shifting and braking, at one point my trainer told me "she knows how to drive, she's a natural", that was boost of confidence, I talked to the other guys and gals in my class and we are pretty much the same, we are not perfect. It is getting a lot better though. embarrassed.gif

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

I think both, but they didn't say those exact words, I got thrown to the wolves today

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

I drove terriblewtf.gif

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

Today didn't go so well, I stunk at shifting and double clutching. It was my first day doing any sort of shifting in my life. I was so confused, not a good feeling. I bobtailed around the course at 3rd gear, now it's time to study the shifting pattern and get myself into gear, putting it nicely.shocked.png

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

Don't worry about sounding stupid, it's my first time ever too. I never even drove a stick shift, they say it's an advantage. We will see, excited and a little nervous but I can do it, didn't think I could pass these tests but I did on the first try. I haven't studied for over 10 years. We bobtail tomorrow, I'll just think it's a big pickup or something like that.confused.gif

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Passed

passed all 5 written test, now on to driving. The fun begins tomorrow

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

Passed all written tests, now onsmile.gif to driving

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

So today was a real busy day, School started at 0600 and ended at 2000, we did our DOT physical which put half our class on medical hold, we have lost 4 people so far, and the people who can't get their blood pressure down by tomorrow will know if they can stay, we get our red Stevens cap tomorrow if all is good with us. I hate seeing the people leave, our class is great, we all get along and help each other, an office worker commented how polite our class was which our instructor said that was rare that they commented on us. We are going for the same goal to pass this class so we can get on with our lives. We are going to DPS tomorrow to take the test we need to finish, I only have 3 to take but some have 5. Really glad I listened and got my permit before coming up here. The school feed us pizza for dinner since we stayed so late, that was real nice of them. Tomorrow is another busy day, if we can get through tomorrow, Thursday should be a fun scary day of bobtailing, (our trucks without the trailer attached), next week we will be hauling a 53 foot trailer around the course. Sounds fun!!! I just hope all goes well! So now I need to get to studying

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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My Swift Driving Academy experience.

Good luck in school, it is very tiring

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Packed up and ready to go!

Company training with Stevens transport in Mesquite, Tx

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Survived the first day

I survived today, it was busy. posted on CDL dairies. Whoever said you don't get much sleep during school was right. Trying to keep a positive attitude but that's alot of info. Still hasn't hit me that I'm here.

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