Posted: September 26th, 2011
This is my first blog entry, so allow me to introduce myself: My name is Christian Fuehner and I graduated from the LL.M program in 2010. After interning at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington D.C., I returned to my native Germany and I am currently working for the law firm of Hengeler Mueller in Berlin. My year at Wake Forest was one of the best experiences of my life, both from a professional and from a social standpoint.
Before you read any further, please watch this:
As you can probably guess from the video, sports are an important element in the Wake community. I can highly recommend going to the basketball (usually a very good team) and football (mostly mediocre) games. If you want to participate in sports yourself, Wake intramural sports are the way to go. There are tournaments in almost every sport you can think of, running during the whole academic year. The tournaments last for 8 weeks each, so you can play in up to 4 leagues a year. If you need a team to play with, the Intramural office can assist you in finding teammates. Here’s a link to their website:
My personal intramural “career” consisted of table-tennis, soccer and basketball. In table-tennis, I actually managed to win the coveted championship t-shirt. (due to less than stellar competition, I’m afraid to admit). The games were played in a friendly atmosphere and nobody took things too seriously.
I had even more fun playing team sports. In a short time, you can bond with your teammates and develop friendships that will last long after you’ve graduated from Wake Forest. My soccer team was a mix of international students from the law and business schools and American students from the law school. After cruising through the group stages, we eventually lost in the quarterfinals. That didn’t stop us from continuing to meet up for practice runs after a day of classes or during the weekend though.
In my basketball team, named “Above the Law”, I was the only international player. I had met most of the other players in law school classes and during pick-up games in the open gym on campus. When you’re on the court together, cultural differences and language barriers tend to disappear. You’re just one of the guys competing together. The level of play was pretty good; many teams had former college basketball players on their roster, so almost every game was a challenge. In the quarterfinals, we played an extremely close game that we managed to win with a dagger three in the final seconds. I clearly still like to remember that moment. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with a Disney sports movie happy-ending…we unceremoniously lost in the semifinals.
Setting aside results, some of my best memories from my year at Wake are playing intramural sports. I still meet up twice a year with some of the members of my soccer team, who I’m proud to call good friends. I’ve met some of my best American friends from Wake through Intramural sports.
So here’s my conclusion: If you like sports at all, you should sign up for an intramural team or ask your classmates if they need players for a team. You will absolutely love it! Go Deacs!
Before coming to WFU, Christian earned an LL.B. from the University of Muenster and completed several legal internships, which included working at Heimann-Hallerman-Gerlach Attorneys at Law, the German Parliament, and Mingace and Heineman Attorneys at Law in Boston.