It could be called the heart of campus, while others would compare it to a main street for Texas State students. The building is a large, multi story complex, with expansive windows that bring in natural light. Walking indoors is so cooling and refreshing once you’ve made the treacherous hike in sweltering heat. The high ceilings in the entrance make the building appear overwhelming, especially when its mid-day and everyone is rushing to get to Chick-Fil-A. The maroon lounge chairs across from Well’s Fargo and the Paws Shop are almost always filled with students studying, napping, eating, or waiting for their new class. I was able to nab one of these elusive chairs, and if I say so myself those chairs are comfortable.
There’s never a dull moment at the LBJ Student Center, with a constant hum of noise coming from every corner. The combination of conversations, cash register rings from the bookstore and the Paws shop, the blender from Freshens smoothie bar, shoes squeaking, and doors opening and closing make the noise level almost unbearable. The smell is almost indistinguishable with the constant breeze from one of the countless doors opening. Every so often though you’re able to catch a whiff of Pizza Hut, Freshens, that one guy who forgot to shower, and that musty scent from the chairs.
While I sat and people watched, a sea of diverse people shuffled their way through the crowded walkways. Some dressed as if they were about to meet the President, while others didn’t bother to change the clothes they slept in. The choice way to carry around school supplies were backpacks, with briefcases a close second, and that lone backpack on wheels bring up the rear. I couldn’t imagine what good those wheels did, when the majority of the building had stairs at every glance. While I enjoyed the time in the LBJ Student Center, I had to shuffle along with the sea of students to my next class.