Do you struggle to stay under the word limit for essays?

I struggle with this so much. It was good in high school where they gave you a minimum, and it was fine to go over it, but now in uni I hate the fact that they put a min and max limit, especially when they mark you down for going over it. Why do they do it? wouldn't it be better to let the person write as much as they want instead of forcing them to cut it down, which may affect the overall mark of the essay?
Do you struggle to stay under the word limit for essays?
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