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What’s in your bag?

Posted on September 27, 2012 | by Clara Yang

Jimin Yoo, a second-year graduate student at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, shares her passion for singing as she opens her backpack. It is filled with treats that share the same musical theme. Although she is studying education, Yoo has always loved music. Throughout her undergraduate years, Yoo performed in musicals while studying English language and literature. Now she is actively involved in choral groups in New York.

Carina Wong for WSN

1. Musical Bookmark
Yoo purchased her bookmark, which has musical notations on it, at the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. She also bought matching bookmarks as gifts for her fellow choir members. They serve as a symbol of friendship for the members of the group who share a passion for music.

2. Melodious post-it notes
Even when she’s studying, Yoo does not lose touch with her musical identity. Post-it notes with musical notations are perfect for notes in her textbooks. After buying the Post-its in Stockholm, Sweden, following an orchestra performance, they have turned out to be a wonderful souvenir and a great study tool.

3. Patterned handkerchief
For eco-friendly purposes, Yoo carries a handkerchief rather than using tissues. Again, her love for music is evident — the handkerchief, which was a gift from her mother, is decorated with pictures of musical instruments. Yoo received it before starting college. “I think it’s a perfect gift for me,” Yoo said. “It’s also very meaningful since it’s from the person who knows me the best.”

4. Sheets of music
“I can’t leave the house without these,” Yoo said about her music sheets. Since she started singing, these have been some of the most essential items in her possession because she practices daily. Yoo also uses Virtuoso, a piano app on her iPhone, to find correct pitches and record herself so she can improve rhythmically and stylistically.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 27 print edition. Clara Yang is a staff writer. Email her at 


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