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Nicholas Zaggy - The Global Marketplace

Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2016
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Name: Nicholas Zaggy

Status: Graduate Student - MBA

Major: Business Administration

Hometown: Jackson, MI

Program: Global Marketplace – MBA 841


First off, I would like to thank the Office of Study Abroad and MSUFCU for providing such a wonderful opportunity for me to get to experience other parts of the world. I truly cannot thank you enough and appreciate everything you've done.


Upon arriving in Munich, I was shocked at the sheer beauty of the Gothic architecture in the city. Our hotel was in an area which had beautiful old buildings and was right next to the famous Rathaus Glockenspiel. I had such culture shock by being immersed in such a drastically different society than the one I am used to back in America. Everything from the attire, to the food and shopping was completely different than I am used to in America. It was an amazing feeling to experience this shock and fascination with how other people go about their daily activities.


Our first trip was to the BMW manufacturing facilities. This was the most amazing place I have ever seen in my life. During the tour, we were able to see every process of the BMW car being made from start to finish. Most of the manufacturing of the vehicle is done by robots. During the tour, we only saw around 20 employees on the floor. It was astounding how precise and calculated these robots were that were building the vehicles.


Another visit was to an Amazon warehouse. This was also fascinating due to the amount of people they had working and the systems they all had in place. At the facility, things are placed into seemingly random areas in a huge storage room and people with handheld devices are told where to go in order to get certain products to ship. Once the products are gathered, they are sent to people who hand box every single item and send it to a separate shipping facility next door. It was truly a fascinating and complex process that seemed to run flawlessly.


My favorite visit was in Vienna to see OPEC. Here, we had a great Q & A session with an OPEC representative about the current oil situation in the world, the economic status of OPEC nations including the turmoil in Venezuela and how competitor nations like the US and Russia could threaten the oil industry in the future. Overall, we had a very enlightening experience.


Again, I cannot thank you all enough for helping me partake in this amazing, eye-opening experience. In the time I was over there, I have grown so much and fallen in love with traveling. From these company visits, to wandering around the Alps with friends, this experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity that helped build strong bonds and lifelong friendships.