As junior Jason Dalrymple progresses in studying international business, he brings with him much more than the typical college student. He brings with him what is gained from stepping out and away from one little corner of the earth, and truly experiencing the world.
As a child of parents in the Navy, Dalrymple found himself frequently moving. Originally born in Florida, he then moved to Puerto Rico, then Texas, before eventually settling down in Maryland for grade school, high school and his first year of college.
However, his original plan to keep attending college began to become more and more ambiguous. At this time, the world was waking up to a new adventure– or rather nightmare. With the 9/11 attacks crashing into American society and new fear permeating through the smoke and dust, Dalrymple felt he could no longer be a bystander.
Despite already finishing up his freshman year at Frostburg State University in Maryland, his desire to do his part caused him to join the military. By November 2003, Dalrymple was actively serving in the Marine Corp. He served two tours in Iraq and spent a total of four years in the military. Although he spent many years serving overseas, he does not glorify war. Dalrymple would have preferred to serve the country through humanitarian efforts or other ways that do not involve guns.
“It’s sad to ever go to war, war’s not cool,” Dalrymple said. “Going to combat, going into people’s homes and attacking them is not cool. There’s nothing happy about that.”
After his service, Dalrymple worked at companies in Australia, Sweden and several states. Although he has compiled an impressive resume and reputation within the world of business, he felt compelled to return to school to get his degree. However, he does not regret his decision to serve and work prior to secondary education, and encourages others to go out and get life experiences.
“When you’re young you can fail, it’s okay to fail, because you’ve got nothing to really loss,” Dalrymple said. “Be creative, be innovative, and don’t be shy to put ideas out there to make them a real thing.”
Instead of the school environment or the business world, Dalrymple has grown and learned the most through his travels. International travel, both with and without the military, has significantly impacted his life.
“I’ve learned who I am through different cultures and different conversations with people,” Dalrymple said.“In the states we have to do this kind of cookie cutter kind of dream, the American dream, but you have to go find yourself first. Go put yourself in uncomfortable situations, get out of it, and really find who you are.”
Dalrymple’s story has been defined by his travels and what he has gained from them. After college, he plans to pursue a job in the business field that offers travel opportunities. His experiences have taught him who he is, and he encourages others to take chances and be open to new ideas.
“Everybody’s got a story and I like everybody’s story; don’t devalue yourself, be open minded, and have a good time,” Dalrymple said.