Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hello, My name is Jen...and I am TERRIFIED of Friday!



I am scared terrified of the impending doom coming this Friday. No, I am not joking...

What is it that I am so concerned about, you ask?

This:
source

And this:


And most of all.... this:


All because I want to do this:


That's right...! I want to be a mail carrier. Well... a part time mail carrier. I have applied for a position in a local post office and I am to the point where I have to take my USPS driver assessment test.

Let me tell ya, this test is INTIMIDATING. They look for ways to fail you.... I was told that no one who has applied for this position in the last six months has passed the driver's assessment test! Now I am even more terrified... and to top it all off- I have to drive an hour away to the closest thing northern Michigan has to a large city! I HATE driving in the city. *sigh*.

So, I sit here psyching myself out and studying. I have never been a good parallel parker- I will walk 10 blocks to avoid parallel parking! I have done a U-Turn about twice in my driving life, and never done a Y-Turn or a K turn (both requirements for the test). I don't keep two hands on the wheel at all times, I don't curb my wheels or put my parking break on when parking, and I rarely stop before a stop sign ( I usually stop a few feet afterward... to see better). All these things will be watched during my assessment.... so now I need to re-learn how to be very strict in my driving ways. 

Now, although I am not rigid and strict in following all the driving rules I do want to say I have only once been in an accident involving another driver (that one time was in a parking lot involving an EMT vehicle going too fast and without lights and sirens, and the cop said it was NOT my fault). I know I am a good driver... and I think I *should* pass this test, but I totally feel like I will fail!

How, oh hoooooow will I figure out how to calm myself for the test!?!  I am so worried that I will be soo terrified that I will get into an accident or do something totally stupid. 

Any of you wonderful readers taken an USPS driver's assessment test before? How was it, I need all the scary details... 


17 fantastic comments:

Amy said...

I know how you feel about parallel parking! I HATE It... I will also walk miles just so I dont have to p.p! lol... You'll do great on your test! Just remember to breath! and just go in with the I CAN DO IT mode!

Jessica said...

O.M.G. Parallel Parking throws me into a panic attack.....but you will do great! Just relax! You can do it! :D I can't but you can! YOU WILL PASS!

Mama Chocolate said...

You can do it, no prob. ;-)
I used to loathe parallel parking even in our little Honda, but now I can even do our SUV without raising my blood pressure...too much. ;-)

bigguysmama said...

Well, first of all, I want to say how exciting it is to know the USPS is even hiring! Second, I can't even imagine the stress you're under. I think I drive like you do. LOL I can't wait to hear you've passed!

~Mimi

joeh said...

When I am very nervous about something I find 2 or 3 shots of scotch calms me right down.


hmmm...maybe not a good idea.

Good Luck!!

Cranky Old Man

Amanda said...

You will do great! When I first met my husband 11 years ago I would actually get out of the car to have him parallel park for me. Now I do it all the time, no problem. :) I look forward to your "I Passed!" post!!

Six in the Nest said...

Thanks everyone! I need allll the luck I can get!

Amanda....what if I fail?! lol. Don't be too disappointed if there isn't an "I passed" post. ;)

{Not Quite} Susie Homemaker said...

My dad has worked as a clerk for the USPS for some 30+ years but when he first transferred here {Vegas} from Chicago he had to be a carrier for awhile, which meant he had to take this test, too. I was little so I have no idea if it was hard for him or not but he passed so hooray! I'm sure you will too! :)

Brooke Anna @ Mommy Does... said...

I get sick thinking about Parallel Parking. I think I would rather walk miles than parallel park. I will drive circles wasting copious amount of fuel just to find a parking space that you can pull in to, lmbo!

Good Luck! I'll be thinking about you!

Mommy Steps said...

I'm praying for you!! Is there anyone you can practice with?

Tree said...

Ooo.. good luck girly!! I'm sure you will ace it! :) My 17 yo daughter is taking her driving test this week too for her license... I'll have you both in my prayers! LOL

life just saying said...

My husband has worked for USPS for 31 years in Dec. First as a clerk and the a year-ish later he became a carrier. Seriously, I don't think the test was an issue. They are very big on safty so drive safey and good luck! Oh, and the PO isn't hiring per se, they contract a lot of carriers these days.

The Host said...

Good luck on Friday! I'd recommend closing your eyes and breathing, but that's probably a really BAD idea when it comes to a driving test. Deep, cleansing breaths. You can do this!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I didn't see if you passed or not....was searching the Internet in hopes of finding how to pass...unfortunately, I took this test in CA and didn't pass. Seriously, I've been a driver for over 25 years, no accidents...Anyway, hope you did better than me.....:)

Six in the Nest said...

I did pass! It was difficult, and I didn't think I passed, but I did enough good things to make up for the couple bad things I did. It's hard though!

Unknown said...

Six,
What exactly did the driving test entail? Parallel parking? Three point turn? U turn. My test will be coming up very soon!

Thanks,
HiRollerette

Six in the Nest said...

All of the above, HiRollerette. We drove for quite a while, and we did everything... all types of parking, u turn, yeilding, all turns ( left and rights at a stop sign, stop light,etc.).

I made a few mistakes, but I still passed!

 
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