Girl topping her class academically kills herself after becoming overwhelmed by stress of her course


A talented university student who was ‘top of the class’ killed herself after becoming overwhelmed by the stress of her course. 

An inquest heard how first-year psychology student Keana Dippenaar, 18, was found hanging in her halls of residence after fearing she was ‘not good enough’. 

Her brother, Drake Dippenaar, told the hearing in Winchester this week, that his sister was ‘very, very smart’ but ‘hard on herself’. ‘I always said to her that it was not about what people expected of her but just what she could do,’ he said. ‘She was very hard on herself but even so she always pushed through it and aced all her exams.

‘One of the teachers at her uni said she was doing exceptionally well; that she was top of the class.’ 

Keana’s body was discovered in her room at Southampton University by friends who became worried when she didn’t show up for a Christmas dinner on December 8 last year.

After knocking on the door a number of times just before midnight and receiving no reply, they forced their way in and found her dead.

Emergency services were called to the Russell Group university accommodation but Keana was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police officers said she had left five suicide notes. Coroner Jason Pegg recorded a conclusion of death by suicide. 

Keana’s devastated mum Carlene described her daughter as ‘the most gorgeous, bubbly, friendly and caring daughter’. She said Keana loved Korean pop music, films and culture, and had even taught herself the language.

The teen, originally from Southend in Essex, loved reading and always wanted to write a book.



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