I have to write an essay about how I would contribute to a college campus. The school is competitive, but I think they consider essays heavily and I want to be creative. I was thinking about writing about how the volunteer organization at my school always does food drives for the local church, and I always donate canned food that we don't use. It's ironic because I come from a low-income family and my mom gets food from the church, so it's as if I'm donating the food to myself, if that makes sense, but we do it because we figure that someone else could use it when we can't. I wanted to use this example and emphasize that I am always willing to give back, even when I am not necessarily in the position to, because I can understand the struggle, and this is why most of my extracurriculars revolve around service. Does this idea sound too cliche or self-pitying? Also, does it seem off-topic for a question like "how would you add to the community"? I am usually not very open about my financial situation, but I had a block and this is one of the few ideas that I came up with. Thank you, I would really appreciate any help.