As if walking into a golden box didn't feel magical enough, once I stepped through the draped center part of its wispy black curtains, an enchanted travel nostalgia fell over me. Immediately I had been transported from the sidewalk of my Colorado University campus to Berlin, Germany. Three gentlemen sat across from where I stood, their bodies so closely to scale that it felt like we were in the same room. Shared_Studios had set up one of its portals next to the Library, but I felt like I was in a German cafe. With starstruck and giddy emotion, I joined another student from my city whom I had never met. Soon after, another peer joined us. The quality of the audio-video technology made the conversation effortless, because it was as though our parties were face to face.
Even if they are thousands of miles apart, students can find something in common with one another, now thanks to the UCCS Portal.
“I walked in, and we happened to be connecting to Gaza, Palestine,” said junior health sciences major Kennedy Watson. “I met a bunch of people from a local community and some college students who told me a little bit about their college.”
A gold shipping container gleamed in the sunlight near University Center on Monday as I approached with anxious excitement and curiosity wondering where I would be transported in just a few moments.
I learned about the Global Portal project created by Shared Studios when the container was situated at The Pioneer’s Museum downtown, but I never seemed to be able to make time to experience it for myself. So, when I discovered that the portal would be installed on campus, I could not let this second opportunity pass me by.