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Re-imagine walking into your first Summer Brand Camp conference; seeing the set up, the people, even seeing the excitement on everyone’s faces. Now time for some magic: Take your age and subtract about 5-7 years. Take away all the knowledge that you’ve inquired from your past jobs, and throw in a dash of uneasiness. Don’t forget to put on a huge smile because voilà, you are now an intern and you have officially started your first day of work.

Most jobs do not start out with being thrown into a 3 day conference full of restaurant executives and a casual breakfast with your CEO, but I couldn’t think of a better way to begin my internship with Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K). Not only was I opened up to what they do as a company, but I was also opened up to whom they influence, whom they impact and what imprint they leave on every single person. Talk about an intimidating first day!

The 2015 Summer Brand Camp conference was coincidentally centered on two main words: purpose & love. It was necessary to discover my purpose for being here, and how to show my love for that purpose. It’s difficult to realize my purpose on this earth when I’m still trying to make sure I get to class on time every day, but this conference single-handedly opened up my eyes and confirmed all my doubts. I realized then that this is exactly what I wanted to do with my life. What is this you ask? It wasn’t that I wanted to be successful or powerful, or even a main authority figure in whatever I choose to do when I am older; it was that I wanted to be an influential individual.

1795484_999578840072346_856902507816738917_n I watched speakers on stage talk about their personal purpose and the role they took on in their lives. They spoke of bravery, usefulness and leadership and I could only help but wonder if they understood how they were influencing everyone; how they were influencing me. It sounds silly, but I truly felt a connection between their words and my beliefs and how it was impacting me in that specific moment in time. That moment is where I found my purpose, not only as a professional young woman, but as a whole-hearted individual. I knew that being influential was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life just as Wendy Clark, Ty Bennett, and Jay Baer all did as they took the stage that week.

I hope that in the future, my words can be of the same magnitude of those who spoke this past Brand Camp and I hope that I will one day be looking upon a similar audience as I speak about influence, love, and purpose. When all is said and done, maybe I too will be lucky enough to spark something new in a young woman as she too finds her purpose in this world.

Catherine Kaucic is a marketing intern at Black Box Intelligence (formerly TDn2K), connect with her on Twitter.