Making the decision to go back to get your Ph.D. is a huge, life-altering decision! You are committing yourself to more student loan debt, not going out and going to bed early! The reasons are endless to receiving your Ph.D. but so are the hurdles. You could be older now with a family, you want to change how behavior analysis is perceived by some, or you have your eye on a promotion. We will break down some of what we think are the critical features of surviving your Ph.D. program: (1) pro-social behavior will be examined as a key component to develop with your cohort; (2) how you organize your time, how you use your dissertation chair, and making time for what is important to you will also be addressed; (3) lastly, we will discuss how, as a field, we are not inclusive of what we fight for every day, and how we begin to incorporate more kindness into behavior analysis.