I am having trouble reconciling the “whole fridge full of [bread] on the 8th floor” and the “lot of” at-work eating with the 1-lb bag of rice and threat of constant hunger. (Also, just rice is not really good for you.)
I am also having trouble understanding how it is that you were unable to do the basic arithmetic on (Wages — taxes — rent — commute costs = dollars in hand) before you accepted a minimum wage job and rented the apartment. I realize that you have an English degree, but this level of subtraction is usually taught in Middle School.
“They get holidays and weekends off! Can you imagine?” So, you’re working 7 days a week? Then you’re getting overtime.
You “felt it was fair that I start out working in the customer support section of Yelp/Eat24 before I’d be qualified to transfer to media.” but you’re surprised that you’re expected to stay in customer support “ for an entire year” before you might be able to move to another department. Why were you surprised? That’s normal for first-job entry-level. Also, did you _ask_ when you were in those interviews?
What possessed you to think you could move to SF, rent an expensive apartment by yourself, and get a first job post-College writing witty tweets for a big salary?