I hear ya. I think people passed over the larger point because of the execution of her essay. I would argue that she should have followed a more thoughtful strategy in calling out her employer and articulating her struggle, particularly at such a young age. Empathy goes a long way.
I also think so many of us have been in her shoes and therefore had a knee-jerk reaction of “Well, we survived; you can too!” (I’m not necessarily condoing that that is the correct response). There is a fine line between knowing what is unfair in this life and what is the reality of being young and starting at the ground level of a company.