Q&A with Juan Leon Parra
College Mental Health Programs newest Staff member
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am native from Chile where I was a Philosophy high school teacher. I then immigrated to Boston to
obtain my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from somewhere close to BU, but further
down in Comm. Ave. I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2012.
What inspired you to come work for the Center
The unique opportunity to combine my two professional passions: Education and Mental Health.
Years ago, I heard excellent things about NITEO from someone close to the Center. Since then, I felt
curious about how it would be to work here, and here I am.
What is your role at the Center
I am a “Training Associate — College Re-entry”. I am joining this vibrant and diverse team to provide
coaching and academic support to students.
What advice do you have for students at the center
Stay curious and learn to sit as comfortably as possible with uncertainty as you figure out and take
your next step in your life and in your career.
What do you like to do in your spare time? What kind of hobbies and interests do you have outside of
I like to play guitar and sing am a big fan of Latin American rhythms and music. I also like to play
soccer with friends. I stay up to date with the Premier League, Champions League, Copa
Libertadores, and my favorite soccer team from Chile, Colo Colo. Spiritually, I practice mindfulness
meditation and go on silent meditation retreats from time to time.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Since there is no obscuration of mind, there is no fear” – Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Knowledge