Maikhou graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in Sociology. Social justice and activism describe her passion and experience throughout her years at Chico. As an alumnus of the Chico Upward Bound program, she gave back to high school students as a tutor in her first year of college assisting low-income, first generation high school students with their academic success towards college. Her leadership career began immediately in her first-year volunteering with the Community Action Volunteers in Education program and later became a secretary and vice president of the Hmong Student Association focusing on the promotion of higher education and cultural awareness of the Hmong to the rest of the community.
Later, she worked in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center where she coordinated and facilitated programs serving underrepresented students through promoting diversity and leadership at Chico State. In the summer of 2016, she landed an internship in Washington D.C. with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders working with national policies focusing on the political engagement and advocacy of AAPI communities. In her last year of college, she became a North State Ambassador through the Office of Admissions educating local high school students about college options and paths towards higher education. Today, Maikhou continues to strive for success in building a more diverse and inclusive community for the future.