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About Anne


Anne Holmdahl

After completing her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, Anne spent a year teaching English and continuing her studies of the Japanese language and culture in Hamamatsu, Japan.  Upon her return, she began a career in international marketing for a high-tech company.  After the birth of her children, she took on the role of full-time mom and jumped into volunteer activities. 

In 1998, Anne joined the Stanford Admissions Office volunteer group and spent the next 12 years working with the admissions office coordinating volunteers in the Seattle area, meeting with potential students, and completing multiple trainings relating to the admissions process.  When her sons entered high school, the need for additional counseling assistance for college-bound students became obvious.  With caseloads of hundreds of students, high school counselors can only do so much.  After 4 years of helping her children, her children’s friends, and her friends’ children through the decision-making process, she started Common Sense College Counseling to reach out to others.

Anne is married to a fellow Stanford alum whom she met her freshman year in college.  They have two sons, both at Stanford University; Eric will graduate in 2016, and Ryan will graduate in 2018.

Anne is in the process of completing the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program to enhance her experience.  Her goal is to work with students and families to help students find their best fit and alleviate the stress involved in the process of getting to college.