Yes, I realize that there is probably an overabundance of these threads, but I always prefer to hear responses specifically aimed towards me. Basically, Harvard is my dream school. I have such a passion to attend Harvard College it's almost sickening at times (not trying to sound mawkish). However, I completely screwed up my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I am a senior in high school now, and I have gotten all As and taken 8 APs since the beginning of junior year, somehow managing to get within the Top 10% of my class. However, my cumulative UW GPA is still only a 3.56 (first two years were BAD). I am applying this year, but to be frank and terse, I know I have no shot (only ~2200 superscore SAT, ~2100 in one sitting, and a few decent ECs).
So, my plans right now consist of getting into a local college such as Lafayette College or Lehigh University. These are not bad schools, I know. But they are just not where I want to be. So, my question is, if I am able to maintain a 4.0 at one of these colleges my freshman year of college, will I have a shot at transferring into Harvard? I know I will be facing discouraging odds, but I am also extremely determined at getting into Harvard. It's just the place I need to be (yes, I know that's a bold statement, but I don't care.)
Also, what are the disadvantages of transferring when it comes to matriculating into the college community and transferring credits?