Liza Xanthopoulos is a second year psychology student at RMIT university who is into all things Pontian! She is an active member of the Pontian youth group, Panagia Soumela Youth.


Elizabeth Xanthopoulos,19.

Your greatest achievement

Being accepted into RMIT Psychology and winning an essay competition to meet Professor Philip Zimbardo (a renowned psychologist).

How did you get to where you are now

I studied hard.

Your greatest challenge

To complete my course.

Goal for the future

To become a successful psychologist.

Best moment of your life

The night before I left Greece to return to Australia, with all of my cousins…caused a bit of innocent mischief!

One word that describes you the best


Person you most admire and why

My Dad has successfully managed to rebuild Panagia Soumela by attracting youth. I admire his motivation to be successful in anything he wants.

Best thing about being Greek-Australian

Having the rich cultural heritage that no other nation in the world has.

If I could say anything to the Greek community…

I’d say to respect everything that our ancestors have offered the world.

Most embarrassing Greek moment

For the karnavalia a few years ago we organised a fake wedding in which everyone dressed up in costumes and my dad was the bride!

Favourite place to go or hang out at

Greek taverns.

Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment

Smooth-Rob Thomas.

Favourite Greek food


I can’t live without…

family and chicken pizza!

If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would…

Harass  the UK into giving back the Parthenon Marbles.