The first reason is that I'm not sure it's worth finishing the first year course, given that there is no year 2. I feel I need at least another year of training before I would be any good at all.
The second reason is that it clashes with a weekend visit I was planning with about 12 friendly livejournal people. It was hard to make this decision, because I don't see them (you) very often, but I think I have to try to finish this course.
BTW a very kind person sent me a livejournal 'present' which appeared in my profile. I didn't say anything about it at the time because I was too shy. However, it made me happy. Thanks.