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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 college 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, who both chose to attend Stanford as well, both studying computer science.  Eric is class of 2016; Ryan is class of 2018.

Anne completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program (with distinction) to enhance her experience.  She continues to further her knowledge through online courses and seminars, visits to colleges around the country, and professional conferences.  She is a member of NACAC, PNACAC, HECA, and IECA.