Ree Drummond's College Major May Surprise You

Food Network personality and blogger Ree Drummond is a household name thanks to her relatable content. She told CBS News that being someone who's not formally trained as a chef allows her to strike a chord with her fans. "I'm not a trained chef, and so I have a level of accessibility," she explained. "I'm not going to show [viewers] anything that is beyond their skill. And also, I use a lot of ingredients that are pretty easy to get."

Drummond, of "The Pioneer Woman," likes sticking to recipes that are simple and popular, such as macaroni and cheese, chicken-fried steak, and more. Additionally, she doesn't actually perceive herself as someone who's famous and believes that she is simply "a mom who cooks for her family." In fact, while Drummond is a force to be reckoned with in the industry, she didn't plan for a career in the food or television. Instead, she had different goals when she was a college student at the University of Southern California (USC).

Ree Drummond's life has surprised her

As per USC, Ree Drummond didn't know what life had in store when she moved from Oklahoma, where she was raised, to Los Angeles to start college. Although Drummond enrolled at the school as a journalism major, she ultimately took on gerontology, which is described as the study of different aspects of aging (via Science Direct.) 

Drummond mentioned that she really enjoyed life in Los Angeles and was set to move to Chicago a few years down the road when she met her husband, Ladd Drummond. Despite her previous plans, Drummond chose to forgo city life for a new chapter — and a tough transition. However, after her change of plans, Drummond slowly found her identity "in the middle of nowhere," and later said, "I'm not sure if I ever really knew myself before I moved to the middle of nowhere, which is sort of the irony in the whole thing."