You May Not See It When It's Sticking To Your Skin, But We're Better Off For All That We Let In
I am one of those people Carrie Ann spoke about in her comment that needed the social interaction, not because I was a social butterfly, but because of my HORRIFYING social awkwardness. My parents didn't instill social values in me. I had NO IDEA how to behave in situations, and it was often embarrasing for me and the people I was with. Being involved in the personal progress program actually did what is said it was going to - I progressed personally. I learned about a miriad of things - goal setting, manners and etiquette, friendship, trust, faith not only in something divine, but in myself.
I remember very clearly sobbing like a child when my YW President explained my Laurel Projects to the congregation at the recognition ceremony (the one thing I don't understand is why they lump all the YW together when they receive their awards, but Eagle Scouts get thier own personal court of honor... but I digress). I had worked A LOT on four projects that were difficult, extreamly personally trying and immensely rewarding. My parents weren't active in the church at the time, so it was without their support that I did this. I am really grateful for those experiances though. I am thankful that I had the chance to learn about myself, about what I could actually DO, about the person I would grow to be someday.
I don't feel much different than that 17 year old girl who stood sobbing when someone mentioned the good she had done. I still have the same friends, I still cry when someone tells me I did something really well, and I am trying to work on being the best version of me. My progress continues, and will continue for a LONG time - eternity me thinks. But I am really glad that I was able to have the YW's program to give me a guide for the rest of my life. Will I EVER wear the necklaces I receive, um, NO.... but I am glad I have them. I'm glad I finished the goals I set for myself. It's something I try to do even now, and I think a lot of that is because of the Personal Progress program.