2018-06-21 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Charlie Jankowski


CHARLIE JANKOWSKI is a cadet at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He decided to live in Leelanau County year round so that he can continue enjoying the area’s lakes, national parks and beautiful scenery. CHARLIE JANKOWSKI is a cadet at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He decided to live in Leelanau County year round so that he can continue enjoying the area’s lakes, national parks and beautiful scenery. Name: Charlie Jankowski

Town or township of residence: Cedar

Resident since: 2016

Age and birthplace: 20 and Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Full-time college student and restoration worker at the Grand Traverse Commons

Marital status: Single

You live in Leelanau County because: I first moved to northern Michigan to attend the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. After I found housing in Cedar, I decided to stay year round instead going home for the summer because I wanted to enjoy everything that Leelanau has to offer - lakes, national parks and beautiful scenery to name a few.

Last good movie you saw: “Avengers: Infinite War.” It was a great movie but it ruined my childhood. I’m hoping the next one will put it back together.

Last good book you read: “Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes,” which consists of both unfortunate and inspiring stories of the Great Lakes. I found it really interesting because it relates to my career and provides insight to how sailors in the 1900’s felt during their voyages.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla. I would want to be able to use his resources for one day just to see what his corporation is capable of and potentially give myself future business ideas.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Being recognized on the Maritime Academy’s Dean’s List, moving away to live on my own and working year round while attending college.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be working an office job at a maritime company, so that I can go home every night, as opposed to being gone for three to six months at a time when sailing.

Things you lose sleep over: Life in general.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: I’d make more things available to do in downtown Cedar.

Favorite dessert: A mint shake at the Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop in Cedar.

Are you a coffee drinker? Is that even a question? I drink more coffee than water.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

If you had more time you would: I’d go boating more often.

The words that best describe you are: Different in many ways.

Northwestern Michigan College student Kelsey Pease of Suttons Bay provides our “Talk of the County” to readers each week, and welcomes suggestions. She may be reached at kelsey@leelanaunews.com.

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