How can I becoming a great transfer applicant?

<p>I just finished my first year of college. To be honest, my first year didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked, but I'm ready to move forward and hopefully be able to transfer to a great college by the end of this year. I'll give you some background information and maybe you can help!</p>

<p>In my Freshman year I completed 27 credits at two different universities. I maintained a 3.6 GPA and made the Dean's List both semesters. I regret taking such light course loads last year and I feel like I'm too behind in credits. I spent my first semester at a four-year, tier 4 state university and my second at a small, private, tier 3 university in California as an out-of-state student. After my second semester I realized that I realistically could not afford the latter university, and so I am now enrolled back into the original state university I started in. </p>

<p>I didn't do great in high school, so I'm hoping to transfer to a college that won't put a lot of merit on high school records after the 60 credit mark. I want to graduate from a college with a good reputation and I'm willing to do anything it takes. I have no preference for where its located, I will be happy to be accepted anywhere.</p>

<p>This year I plan to take 16-18 credit semesters (I know that I am capable of handling it if I truly decide to buckle down and put all my focus on academics). I plan to make straight A's to pull my GPA up. I also plan to be involved in extracurriculars and organizations, and possibly undergraduate research. I'm also a bi-racial minority...if that helps at all, I'm not sure if it does. </p>

<p>Do you think I'm capable of turning everything around and becoming a great transfer applicant for junior and senior year? Any advice on what else I can do to really help my circumstances?</p>

<p>Grades, grades, grades, grades.</p>

<p>Well, that and good relationships with your professors so that they are willing to write good letters of recommendation for you.</p>

<p>Do this:</p>

<p>"I plan to make straight A's to pull my GPA up. I also plan to be involved in extracurriculars and organizations, and possibly undergraduate research. I'm also a bi-racial minority...if that helps at all, I'm not sure if it does."</p>

<p>Try to gain some leadership experience as well as that helps.</p>